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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Police from three jurisdictions are investigating several instances of adult males offering rides to female students around bus stops in Guilford County.

Local authorities have received three reports since December of 2014. In each instance, the students refused the offer and the drivers left the area.

Each of the students reported what happened to trusted adults.

“In each of these incidents, the students did the right things,” said Capt. Richard Whisenant with the Greensboro Police Department. “We are grateful that everyone is safe, and hope that parents will take this opportunity to talk with their children about not accepting rides from strangers.”

Police said they do not think the three different reports are related based on the descriptions of the vehicles and the drivers.

Authorities are working with Guilford County School officials as they investigate the reports.

Nationally, about 25 percent of child abductions are by strangers, so it is fairly rare.

However, police said parents should have open and frequent conversations with their children about strangers.

Here’s how to get the conversation started:

Tell children that a stranger is any adult they do not know. Teach them not to go anywhere with a stranger, and never get in a car with someone they don’t know. Police said kidnappers can lure children by seeming to be nice, or by asking them for help.

Explain to them that police officers, store clerks, teachers, people who are behind desks in office buildings, mail-carriers and mothers with children are generally safe strangers. Let children know that they can trust these strangers if they ever need help and they cannot locate an adult they recognize.