Irvine Police investigation serves as a reminder to review safety procedures

The Irvine Police Department says it’s investigating a case of indecent exposure that was reported this week.

According to a news release, three Irvine middle school students were walking in a residential area near San Leandro Park on Monday when they observed the suspect in his car. The students did the right thing by telling a parent, who contacted police.

IPD noted that they do not believe the students were specifically targeted, nor were they in any physical danger. Nevertheless, the incident should serve as a reminder to promote vigilance and to make sure all children are aware of proper safety procedures.

Specifically, IUSD and the Irvine Police Department advise students to remember the following:

• Stay alert and aware of your surroundings
• If approached by a suspicious stranger, run away and immediately notify your parents or a trusted adult
• If wearing headphones, look for approaching people or vehicles as you may not hear them
• Whenever possible, walk with a partner or in a group
• Stay away from remote and unfamiliar areas
• Stay on the part of the walkway that is farthest away from shrubs, dark doorways and alleys where people can hide
• Do not approach vehicles that may slow or stop ahead of you
• If you see suspicious activity or persons, immediately leave the area and call 911
• Always avoid substances that may make you vulnerable, such as drugs and alcohol