Bay Police Report Suspicious Incident Child Calls
In the last week, the Bay Village Police Department has received three suspicious incident calls involving adult males in vehicles contacting children. There has been no physical contact in any of these instances but have involved unsolicited questions from the adult males to the children. There has been no consistency between the vehicle descriptions or subject descriptions in the three reported instances. Whether these have been ill-advised innocent comments or attempts at solicitation is unclear. However, we encourage parents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior.
Parents should discuss safe practices with their children. Children should travel together and be aware of their surroundings. Children should also be aware of safe locations along their routes of travel. They should never talk to anyone who approaches them on the street and, if they have a cell phone, should immediately call 9-1-1 while leaving the area.
Please contact the Bay Village Police Department at 440-871-1234 if you have any information.
Letter from Schools
October 8, 2013
The Bay Village Police Department has received two additional reports of strangers speaking from their vehicle to young children.
One of our students, an 11-year-old girl walking to Bay Middle School this morning, October 8, reported being spoken to by a white, gray-haired male from his white SUV who asked her “what is your favorite lollipop….mine is grape.” The incident occurred at the corner of Douglas and Lake Roads at approximately 7:30 a.m.
In addition, an 11-year-old boy reported an unknown male driving a smaller, blue 4-door sedan with tinted windows who asked him, “Hey, you want a ride?” This incident occurred yesterday, October 7, on Dover Center Road near the Heinen’s parking lot at approximately 3:30 p.m. Due to the vehicle having tinted windows, the boy was unable to offer any description of the driver, though he was positive the voice he heard was a that of a male.
Police are still investigating a report of a third-grade boy being approached on his way to Westerly on September 25th by an unknown male in a white van who asked the youngster if he wanted a ride. As we detailed in our previous email of October 3, the September 25th incident occurred on Wolf Road, between Walmar and Bradley, between 7:30-8 a.m. The driver is described as a white male, aged 35-50, driving a dirty, older white van (possibly a minivan) who pulled into a driveway, stopped, and asked the boy if he wanted a ride to school. The boy did not respond and kept walking.
In all cases, the drivers did not exit their vehicles and drove off after asking a question. All these incidents are under investigation by the Bay Village Police.
Again, please remind your children:
· Never respond to a stranger trying to talk to them.
· Get as far away from the stranger and car as fast as possible.
· Report the incident to their parents, their school, a store clerk, a neighbor or another trusted adult immediately.
· Travel with a buddy or group of friends whenever possible.
Clint Keener, Superintendent