A 12-year-old Sydney girl is lucky to be alive after escaping from her abductor’s car in the city’s west yesterday.

The girl was walking in Guildford Road, Guildford, at 6.20pm last night when a small, black, older-model sedan pulled up alongside her.

PoIice say a man wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt, long, dark pants, gloves and a dark face covering jumped out of the car, grabbed the girl’s arm and forced her into the back seat.

The man then got back into the car and drove away. However, a short time later, when the vehicle stopped at an intersection, the girl managed to escape the car and flee. She asked a passer-by for directions before running home to her family, who reported the incident.

Police are appealing to the public for witnesses, and would like to speak with a tall man of medium build with a bald head who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

Greg Poultney, national strategies manager for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, applauded the girl for her quick thinking, and stressed the importance of young people recognising, reacting to, and reporting dangerous situations.

“Recognise when things aren’t right.,” Mr Poultney said.

“React, as this girl did, and get yourself out of danger, as quickly as possible.

“If you’re walking along a road and you don’t think you should be there, don’t be there. Get a lift, call a friend or family member, walk a different way.

“As soon as you see something that doesn’t seem a bit right, remove yourself from the situation. And of course, report it to the police.

Mr Poultney said  young people could mitigate potentially dangerous situations by walking on the opposite side of to the road to traffic.

“You can see what people’s intentions are if you can see them coming towards you, rather than sidling up to you from behind,” he said

” If someone starts to slow down, you just head in a different direction. Walk faster or even run, then they don’t have the opportunity to pull up.”