Boy approached: Lalor Park

A boy, 12, was allegedly approached by a man in Lalor Park on Thursday.

He was walking along Northcott Road at around 3.05pm when an older model white Camry with a grey bumper bar stopped near the boy.

The driver offered him money if he would get into the car.

The boy refused and fled

The car made a u-turn and approached the boy again, offering him money to get into the car.

He has refused and ran further along Northcott Road.

The vehicle drove off, turning right onto Pineleigh St, Lalor Park.

The driver was described as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, aged 35, unshaven and wearing a fluorescent work vest.

A male front seat passenger was wearing a black jumper with white stripes.

Police urge anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children, including;

- Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

- Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.

- Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.

- Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.

- Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.

- If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.

- If someone tries to grab you, yell out, ‘Go away, I don’t know you’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.