The Martin County Sheriff's Office is telling residents of one Palm City neighborhood to be on alert after a boy said someone suspicious approached him and tried to get him into his vehicle.
The incident happened in the Highlands Reserve neighborhood.
The boy was waling to a friend's house when he told deputies a man he didn't know pulled up next to him and asked if he wanted a ride to the mall.
The boy got scared and ran to a neighbor's house.
Parents are on the lookout for anyone suspicious and talking to their own children.
“He did exactly what he was supposed to do. And I don’t know if it’s instinctual or I’m sure his parents had that conversation with him and that’s pretty much what I was talking my daughter about,” said Stacey Losardo, a mother.
The boy said the man was middle aged and in a small red SUV.
There are many cameras at the entrance of the gated community, which deputies will be checking.