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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Police in Fort Worth have increased their patrols on Friday after three possible attempted kidnappings in the last two weeks. Two of the incidents happened near Keller Independent School District elementary campuses in north Fort Worth. The other happened Thursday night near the intersection of North Tarrant Parkway and Ray White Road.

In the Thursday night case, police said that a 12-year-old boy was playing at a park. He said that a man drove up and approached him. The child ran away and told his mother about what had happened. The family immediately called the police.

Law enforcement officials are still not sure if this third, most recent attempt was related to the previous two incidents. But all three were similar.

People who live in this area are on edge, and staying aware of their surroundings. “You definitely have to keep your eyes open, watch out for the kids when they’re walking home, and just keep your eyes open,” said Keller ISD mother LeAnne Barton.

“Even though it’s not your child, or if you’re in the neighborhood, just be aware of what’s going on,” said Keller ISD father John King. “You don’t have to be a snoop to get into everybody’s business, but just to be friendly and say hi an get to know your neighbors is the best thing going.”

The Keller ISD, along with several other nearby school districts, have sent letters home to students and parents, making them aware about these attempted abduction cases and warning them to be safe and alert.

In the meantime, the Fort Worth Police Department is looking into the incidents and increasing their patrols throughout the area.

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