WHITE VAN FEARS: A photo of a white van that had been posted on Facebook page, Rockhampton and Gracemere Crime Watch. Contributed
WHITE VAN FEARS: A photo of a white van that had been posted on Facebook page, Rockhampton and Gracemere Crime Watch. Contributed

Dad fears for kids’ safety after reports of white van

MICK Hepburn just wants to make sure his kids are safe.

Rockhampton father Mick Hepburn says it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Rockhampton father Mick Hepburn says it’s better to be safe than sorry. Contributed

Mick told The Morning Bulletin yesterday that several parents had discussed concerns over a white van parked suspiciously near schools in Rockhampton.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot said police followed a report on the matter last month which proved "there was nothing to worry about".

Det Snr Sgt Elliot, who is officer in charge of Rockhampton's Child Protection and Investigation Unit, said they've since had no reports from parents about a white van.

He did reiterate that Facebook was not a means of communication to report matters to the police.

"(Facebook) can see rumours run without the information being verified," Det Snr Sgt Elliot said.

"All our investigations have not identified that anything has occurred."

Meanwhile, Rockhampton man Mick said he preferred to be safe than sorry when it came to his children's safety.

"I think a lot of parents nowadays are too complacent, a lot of parents think it'll never happen to me," Mick said.

"Have that safety conversation with your kids, a lot of parents don't like to tell their kids too much because they think they will get scared, but we need to teach them that there are bad people out there and that they need to be careful.

"All my kids know to watch out and recognise when something doesn't feel right or seem right, they know to go straight to an adult like myself or a teacher."



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