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Residents in Preston, Iowa are on alert after Preston Police have issued an alert.  They said they're happy the word is out that there could be kidnappers on the loose.

"Preston's got to be in the top ten safest places in the world. This is a small town in rural America where everybody knows everybody," resident Corey Driscoll said.  

Preston police are issuing an alert about the attempted abductions.  So far, word has traveled fast.

"Little nerve wracking. I've got 2 kids of my own. I don't know what could possibly happen in the future," Driscoll said.  

Preston police are reporting that just after six yesterday a seven year-old girl was approached by a man wearing dark clothing.  He grabbed her shoulder and the girl responded by biting him. The suspect fled afterwards.  Just a few hours later two 13 year old boys were approached by a man getting out of a green mini-van. The kids ran away and the suspect drove off. There is no word on whether the two incidents are related, but they have residents on guard.

"Watch out not only for myself but make sure I'm keeping an eye out on little kids who may not have an adult or older kid looking after them," resident Kayleen Macy said.
 
Residents say they're taking precautions with their own children and stressing how important it is to know how to react in situations like this.  In the meantime, some say they hope the police catch the suspect or suspects.  

"Do everything you can. Everybody is scared. We don't need people like this on the streets of Preston," Macy said.