Jackson County sheriff: Uptick in suspicious activity near kids

BLACK RIVER FALLS (WKBT) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is advising parents to take care after receiving an uptick in reports of suspicious activity involving children.

While the department said there is no immediate threat, some reports allege people in vehicles are approaching unsupervised children and talking to them.

“Deputies have investigated each incident individually, and while we don’t feel that there is any immediate cause for parents to be alarmed, we would like to remind our community members to continue to be vigilant and encourage them to take this opportunity to speak with their children about what to do in these types of situations,” said a sheriff’s news release.

The sheriff’s office gave the following recommendations:

  • Walk with someone or let family or friends know which route you will be taking.
  • When walking alone, try to remain in lighted areas and in the public’s view.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious incidents.
  • If you believe you are being followed, make others aware (call a friend or family member, or 911, or gain the attention of anyone in the public). If you feel that you are in danger, get away.
  • Be a good witness. If you are approached by anyone in a manner you feel is suspicious, try to remember details about them like skin color, hair color, approximate age, what color and type of vehicle they were driving. If you have a cell phone, record the interaction. This will help law enforcement in their investigation.


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