Incidents involving the children's safety can be an emotive subject. However, we don’t want people to be unnecessarily alarmed as abduction attempts are extremely rare.
The vast majority of reports are found to be innocent and borne out of people simply having the best interests of children at heart. Despite this, we would always ask anyone who has concerns to call the police immediately.
We work closely with schools and can speak to pupils and offer ‘stranger danger’ safety advice.
Sometimes the safety messages that are passed onto young people can heighten their awareness about the issues. This can lead to an increase in reported incidents made in good faith. These are often discovered to involve no criminal activity.
No information is recorded unless you choose to report this to us.