Fifth attempted child abduction puts parents on high alert

UPDATE: Police are urging parents, teachers and students not to delay contacting police if an attempted child abduction has taken place.

Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Paula Smithard said investigations were continuing into the most recent alleged attempted child abduction in Toowoomba last week.

It was the fifth to happen in six months in the Darling Downs region.

"We could converge on the area very quickly with uniform and plain cars once we're told, but it's much harder for us if we're investigating something that's hours old," she said.

She said while each case was different, there were similarities in the attempted abductions.

"We don't think any of them are linked," she said.

She commended the young people involved in all five of the alleged attempted abductions for realising the potentially dangerous situation and taking action.

"It's wonderful that kids are on the lookout and are suspicious of people they don't know."

Det Act Sen Sgt Smithard said with the increase in education in schools, including though the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum, the message was getting through.

"The message is for children to be aware of anyone approaching them on their way to and from school and to report the person straight away so we can investigate," she said.

Phone Police Link on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER: Two Toowoomba students involved in an attempted abduction last week is just the latest case in the Darling Downs.

An incident in which two Toowoomba students were approached by a stranger is the fifth alleged attempted child abduction on the Darling Downs in six months.

Glenvale State School sent home a letter warning parents to reinforce the "stranger danger" message on Friday after a man in a car approached the students on Thursday at the corner of Greenwattle St and Hursley Rd.

It is the second incident in recent weeks after two students were approached near Rockville State School on April 20.

Both schools sent home requests to parents to speak to their children about the dangers of strangers approaching them to or from school.

Toowoomba police were called after the incident was reported.

On December 3 in Jandowae it was reported a seven-year-old boy was returning to class when a man outside the school tried to entice him with chocolate to approach him at about 12.30pm.

The boy ran away and told his teacher in his classroom about the incident.

On November 30 last year a 13-year-old girl was allegedly approached by a man in a vehicle while walking to school in Roma.

In late November last year two young girls aged nine and 10 at the time were involved in an attempted abduction in Chinchilla.

They alerted their mum who went to the police.

Darling Downs Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said at the time it was vital children understood stranger danger and parents remained vigilant.

"Some of those smaller country places haven't moved with the times with regards to predators and they need to be aware that just because they live in a small country town they are not exempt from predatory behaviour," Det Insp Isherwood said then.

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