Police are hailing a young girl’s parents for teaching her how to handle “stranger danger” after she asked a man who approached her for a “code word” when he tried to lure her in his van.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office released a warning after the 11-year-old girl apparently thwarted a possible kidnapping.

A deputy responded to a home in the North Pecan Creek neighborhood last Wednesday for a report of an attempted luring, officials shared on Facebook.

“At 3:45 p.m., an 11-year-old girl was walking with a friend near a park in the neighborhood when a man, driving a white SUV, pulled up next to them,” according to the release. “The man told the girl that her [brother was] in a serious accident and she needed to go with him. The child asked the man what the ‘code word’ was, but he did not know it and drove off.”

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By Regina Freitas