The dangers of talking to strangers is something many parents go over with their children. It has become an alarming topic this week in one Wichita neighborhood.
Randi Lickly tells me she’s lived in the West Meadows neighborhood for about five years and has always felt good about her children playing outside. She says that changed this week.
The park near Randi Lickly’s home, is popular among the neighborhood kids.
“They make tons of friends here because all the kids gather here to play on a nice day,” said Randi Lickly, Wichita.
But since last Tuesday almost no action.
“Over the last couple days this park has not been busy at all,” said Lickly.
Lickly says that evening her son returned home with a shocking story. He told her a truck approached him and the man inside, wanted to talk.
“Their mom’s looking for them, can I give you a ride home,?” said Lickly.
She says after he refused the ride, the man followed him so her son ran to get away. It wasn’t the only incident reported to Wichita Police that night.
“Said around the same thing to him, but that boy took off running as well,” said Lickly.
Police say another mother in the neighborhood reported a similar incident to them, this time, about her nine-year-old son. The moms took to Facebook and Nextdoor to let neighbors know about the incidents. A scary discovery for many parents.
“I don’t even let them come outside right now,” said Lickly.
Authorities say they are actively investigating and have increased their patrols in the neighborhood. They advise neighbors to call in any suspicious activity and mothers like Lickly, want you to do the same.
“Be alert, your surroundings, other kids that may be around, keep an eye on them too we’re all here to help each other,” said Lickly.
Lickly says talking with your children about this is important and she suggests having a code word with your children when someone different picks them up, so they know who can and cant be trusted.