Teaneck’s police chief has directed officers to increase patrols around areas where young people gather following a string of reported child abduction attempts around North Jersey, a town councilman said Monday.
“The officers will also actively monitor locations such as schools (both public and private), parks, and municipal installations such as the Rodda Center and the Library,” Councilman Elie Y. Katz wrote in an e-mail to residents.
Teaneck police said there have been no recent reports of luring cases in the township, but information on the nearby cases was being shared with officers. Township Schools Superintendent Barbara Pinsak also issued a letter to parents last week with safety tips.
The latest incident was reported over the weekend in Ridgewood, when an 8-year-old boy said he was approached by a man in the restroom of a local eatery, according to village police.
Authorities described the man as a “dark-skinned male, approximately 6'0" with brown hair, wearing a black buttoned-down shirt, blue jeans and grey work boots.”
That description differs from one distributed by police in Hackensack, Oradell, Westwood, New Milford and Maywood.
New Milford police were reported in the borough. He was described as in his mid-40's with a prominently large nose with short brown hair, brown eyes, bushy eyebrows and a round face.
Westwood police also released a sketch of a middle-aged, balding white man sought in connection with a possible attempt to lure a young girl as she walked to school.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police and immediately report suspicious activity.
- Sketch Released in Latest Possible Bergen Child Luring Attempt
- New Milford Police Investigate Two Luring Incidents
- Police Release Sketch in Hackensack Luring Attempt
- Luring Reports Prompt School District Safety Reminder