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Henderson police investigate 2 reports of attempted child luring

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HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

If you see something, say something. That’s the message from Henderson police to kids.

Last week, police received two reports of strangers approaching children on their way home from school.

Police, for now, are calling those reports unsubstantiated, but that doesn’t mean nothing happened. Rather, they said, they have been unable to corroborate stories.

One of the incidents was reported near Mannion Middle School, located at 155 E. Paradise Hills Dr. The other one was reported in the area of Greenspun Junior High School, located at 140 N. Valle Verde Dr.

“Make sure parents are not just paying attention to their own kids but everyone else’s children. Again, it takes a community to raise our children, and we want to make sure they’re all safe,” the Henderson Police Department’s Cpt. Michael Johnston said.

Henderson police said that since Aug. 1, they have investigated 10 cases related to child luring. No pattern has emerged, but the cases remain under investigation.

“It’s not uncommon to have those actions misinterpreted, but as a community we recognize we can’t dismiss any one type of activity, so we want to be vigilant all the time,” Johnston said.

According to the report made in the area of Greenspun Junior High School, a girl was walking home from school when a man in a green van slowed down, said hello and smiled at her. The girl reported she knew something was wrong so she sped up to get away. The man, she said, continued to follow her. When the girl began to cry, the man in the van sped away.

“One of the things is to make sure you are in groups, that you’re not isolated in an area all by yourself,” Johnston said. “Complete descriptions are very important, and those are things that we can teach our children.”

Nationally, Henderson typically ranks among the safest cities. Still, police urge vigilance.

“We do have predators - we know that - and it’s important for parents to recognize it’s not the way it was 30, 40, 50 years ago. We have to be vigilant with our children,” Johnston said.

Police said one of the best ways to prevent abduction is walking home from school in a large group.  

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