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Police Increase Patrols After Man Tried to Entice Student Into Car

And Newtown school officials send out a message to families.

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Police are stepping up patrols after an unidentified man attempted to entice a Newtown Middle School student into his car Monday afternoon.

The incident also prompted school officials to send a message to families. NMS Principal Thomas R. Einhorn sent a message to all middle school families, and Interim Superintendent John Reed then forwarded that message along to the entire district. 

Einhorn's email, which was sent with the subject of "Safety Concern," follows:

Dear Newtown Middle School Families,

The safety of our students is of great importance to us. In collaboration with the Newtown Police Department, we want to share with you information about an incident that was reported this afternoon. A middle school student was approached on their way home from the school by a lone white male approximately 25 years old driving a dark colored 4 door sedan. This occurred near Main Street and Glover Ave. The student was asked if they wanted a ride home and that it would be safe to do so. The student ran from the vehicle to their home, where they called their parent, who in turn called the school, who in turn called the police.

The police are continuing their investigation and taking steps to help insure student safety, including patrols of the area. We commend the student for their quick thinking in keeping themselves safe. We would also like for you to remind your children about keeping themselves safe. You can tell your children to use the "Three Rs," Run, Remember and Report, if approached by a stranger. Run away from the scene, Remember as much as you can about the person or vehicle and Report the incident to an adult or police immediately.

If parents or guardians receive reports such as this from their child, please contact the police immediately. Additionally, anyone with information is asked to contact the Newtown Police Department [203-270-4255].

Sincerely,

Thomas R. Einhorn

Principal

Wayne Addessi February 13, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Anyone interested in Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program near the Middle School? We live near Queen Street and Lovells Lane. my email is waddessi@addessi.net if you're interested. We Will Need A person or group of people committed to starting a Neighborhood Watch. A planning committee to initiate the program. A list of what issues initially need to be addressed in your community. A means of communicating with the residents, email, fliers, telephone trees. Publicity for the initial Neighborhood Watch meeting. A meeting agenda to keep things moving and on track. A place to meet -resident’s house or apartment, community center, school, library. A crime prevention officer to discuss the crime issues in the neighborhood and to help train members. A map of the community with spaces for names, addresses, and phone numbers of all households. A sign up sheet for those interested in becoming block or building captains. Brochures or other materials on topics of interest to the residents. Neighborhood Watch signs to be posted around the community. Some jurisdictions require a minimum number of participants before Neighborhood Watch signs can be posted. Facts about crime in your neighborhood. (These can be found in police reports, newspapers, and residents’ perception about crime. if you have an interest, get the word out to your neighbor and send me an email.

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