Warnings to educate on stranger danger

By Kirra Livingstone

PARENTS and children are being urged to be vigilant after reports of an attempted child-snatching at Beerwah last week.
A mother reported that a woman had attempted to lure a child into a car on Pine Camp Road at Beerwah on January 23.
The disturbing incident followed a similar scene in Kawana just days prior, with Beerwah Police Acting Officer in Charge, Glen Peatling, saying it was important parents talk to their kids about stranger danger, particularly walking home from school.
“Parents should have that responsible conversation with their kids about stranger danger and ensuring they’ve got some good protective strategies in terms of getting to and from school safely,” he said.
“Whether they are with other siblings or walking in groups… all the common-sense stuff that we discuss and talk about time to time is important to remind kids.”
Police were aware of the incident but a lack of further detail made it difficult to pursue.
“We are around Pine Camp Road all the time and the CBD all day and night, patrolling and keeping an eye out and checking on different cars at different times depending on what they are up to,” Act Sgt Peatling said.