Man in white van reportedly offers candy to children outside southern Tasmania schools, police say

Police are warning the public to be vigilant after receiving reports of a man in a white van approaching children and offering them candy outside southern Tasmania schools.

Tasmania Police have not revealed which schools in the state’s south the reports came from, but said there had been multiple reports in the “recent few days”.

Detective Inspector Craig Joel said the man was believed to be Caucasian in appearance.

“He reportedly spoke to children near the school, after school hours,” she said.

He said that while no children had been injured or assaulted, police were increasing patrols in school areas.

“While the man’s intentions are unclear at this time, it is important that we remain vigilant and that any unusual vehicles parked near schools or other places where children congregate are reported to police.”

Anyone who sees suspicious activity should write down the person’s description and the vehicle’s license plate, if possible.

Information can be given to police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers Tasmania at In case of emergency, call triple-0.

“Parents, caregivers and other community members can help us by keeping an eye out for vehicles parked in unusual locations and letting someone know if they see suspicious activity, such as an adult trying to stop and talk to children in unsupervised areas,” the report said. Detective Inspector Joel. saying.

“We recognize that these reports may cause concern in the community and we want to reassure people that detectives are investigating the matter and that police are increasing patrols around school areas.”