Windsor Police: Beware of Strangers Approaching Students Walking To, From School

Windsor Police are increasing patrols in school areas after unidentified men approached middle school students walking to and from school on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8.

Middle school-age students in Windsor were approached by strangers in vehicles on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, Windsor Police said Thursday, adding parents and students to remain vigilant.

According to Windsor Police Capt. Tom LePore, the department and Windsor Public Schools received complaints about the encounters.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Mon., Jan. 7, a student was reportedly approached by a white male described as being approximately 40 years of age with grey facial hair and glasses. The encounter occurred near Salem Circle, police said.

Another incident occurred on Jan. 8 at around 3 p.m., police said. A male described as being between 30 and 40 years of age, wearing glasses and having thinning hair reportedly approached two students near the intersection of Capen and Preston Streets.

It is currently unclear whether or not the two incidents were connected, and Windsor Police have launched an investigation.

In response to the complaints, the department is increasing patrols in the area of Windsor schools, and suggest the following guidelines for staying safe:

  1. Children should not approach motor vehicles carrying strangers asking for directions. Adults don't need directions from children.
  2. If a stranger does approach your child, tell them to remember the license plate number of the motor vehicle and to report this information to you immediately.
Anyone with information about the reported incidents are urged to call the Windsor Police Department at 860-688-5273.

According to the department, it is also extending an invitation to local families and schools to discuss strategies for maintaining safety and stranger awareness. Those interested should call Windsor Police Capt. Kelvin Kearse at 860-688-4545, ext. 577 or Sgt. Chris McKee at 860-688-4545, ext. 450.
JessicaWessica January 10, 2014 at 06:11 PM
You know what's so wonderful about all of this? These incidents occurred on the 7th and 8th but did we, the parents of Sage Park students, get a notification within 24 hours of the first incident? No. We heard nothing until last night, the 9th, just minutes before NBC aired their report. Open dialogue with our children is always important, and instances like this shouldn't be what starts our discussions with our children, but it would have been nice to have been able to give our very capable children some specifics about this case and what to look for. That all said, kudos to the children involved who did everything the right way in avoiding the creeper and reporting it appropriately.


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