Tuesday, March 20, 2018,
Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Providence Division are reporting two recent incidents of a stranger approaching children attempting to give them money.
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 3:07 p.m., Providence Division Patrol Officers responded to a suspicious person call for service in the 4200 block of Hammett Street. According to the caller, the driver of a white truck approached their children the day before (Friday, March 16th) at a bus stop and was attempting to give them money. The caller further advised that the same male had just driven into their neighborhood and attempted to give children money again. The driver was described as a black male, approximately 30-years-old, with dreads.
The driver and vehicle have not yet been located or identified, however at this time no crime has been committed. The CMPD would like to make community members aware of these incidents.
Officers with the Providence Division have been and will continue to remain vigilant and conduct directed patrols of the neighborhood.
Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to immediately call 911 or contact Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600. To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
Please instruct your children to remember these safety tips:
- Instruct your child to never take a ride from any strangers even if the person says that they are there to pick them up because their mom or dad sent them.
- Instruct your child on how to contact the Police Department, Fire Department or Ambulance by dialing 911 and how to contact a known family member or responsible trustworthy neighbor or adult should an emergency arise.
- Check your child's route to and from school. Call attention to any dangerous spots such as vacant lots, alleyways, etc. Advise them what to do if a strange person follows or approaches them.
- Instruct your child's school to notify you immediately if your child is absent. Inform the principal who is authorized to pick your child up from school. Try to have the same person pick your child up every day when possible.
- Choose a secret code word to use with your child in case of an emergency. Tell your child never to go with anyone who does not know this code word.
- Advise your child what to do if they feel lost. Help them to identify the safest place to go or person to ask for help in reuniting them with you or other caregiver. Examples of safe helpers could be a uniformed law-enforcement or security officer, store salesperson with a nametag, person with a nametag who is working at the information booth.