Redmond schools issue new safety alert

PD: Latest report of 'man in van' unfounded

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 2:37 PM PST November 6, 2013    UPDATED: 10:48 AM PST November 7, 2013 
REDMOND, Ore. -

For the second time in two weeks, Redmond elementary parents were advised by letter Wednesday of student reports of someone driving a van and approaching children before or after school, offering a ride.

However, police said a report of such an incident by two youngsters was determined to be unfounded

The latest letter, to Tom McCall Elementary parents, was prompted by a case in which a father said his son and a friend were approached Wednesday morning by a van whose driver told them to get in and get a ride to school. They instead ran and told parents, who in turn told police.

Police later said after talking to the youths that the report was unfounded, although they stressed that the youngsters had done the right thing by talking to adults.

Previously, police said they had been investigating cases where children near Vern Patrick and Lynch elementary schools, Obsidian Middle School and the Redmond Proficiency Academy reported a man in a van offering them rides and, at least in some cases, following them.

Here’s the letter and tips:

***SAFETY NOTICE TO TOM MCCALL FAMILIES****

The Redmond School District and Redmond Police Department would like to notify parents and the community of an important safety concern.  Over the course of the last week, there have been reports of an individual(s) approaching students in various neighborhoods before or after school, offering to provide them with a ride.

The Redmond Police Department would like to advise parents that the police are aware of the situation and are currently conducting a thorough investigation of these reports. 

Redmond School District and the Redmond Police Department strongly encourage parents to be aware of this situation and to take the following precautions if necessary:

Although we do not have specific information that our students are in any danger, we want to take every precaution possible to keep your children safe.  The following page includes ideas and reminders to help ensure the safety of your children when dealing with strangers.

The Redmond School District and Redmond Police Department are committed to the safety of our students and to our community.  If you have further questions, please contact the Redmond Police Department at 541-504-3400.

Thank you for your support and partnership in keeping our community safe.

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