Police: Beware of strangers around schools

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- Now may be a good time for parents to review the principles of "stranger danger" with their children.

In the last couple weeks, the Grand Junction Police Department, Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Fruita Police Department have all taken reports of strangers approaching kids on their way to or from school.

GJPD spokesperson Kate Porras says incidents were reported at Wingate Elementary and a Fruita school, but they do not appear to be linked because the suspect descriptions and vehicles don't match.

However, all parents should to remind kids to keep their distance from strangers who offer them rides or ask them to come close. Tell your children to find a trusted adult-- like a neighbor, store clerk or school staff member-- if they feel threatened or uncomfortable.

Kids should also learn to remember what a suspect and his/her vehicle look like if they are approached by a stranger.

Porras says parents should know the routes their children take and make sure they know which suspicious homes are on the way. You can see where sex offenders live by clicking here.

If any homes are deemed unsafe, point them out to your kids and tell them to avoid them, police advise.

Anytime you see suspicious behavior, call 911 immediately. Porras says that if you wait, the suspect has time to leave, which makes it more difficult for officers to track them down.

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