Suspicious men offer rides to children

Suspicious men offer rides to children

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When it comes to street-proofing, Oliver children know the score.
Three of them used their smarts recently to thwart possible abductions in the community.
On October 12 the Oliver RCMP received a report of a suspicious occurrence that occurred on October 11 at approximately 3:15 pm.
The report stated that a 12-year-old boy was walking home from school and was in the area of Nk’Mip Pre-School. The boy said he was approached by a middle aged Caucasian man with light brown hair and bushy eyebrows. The man, driving an older model grey truck with a grey canopy asked the boy if he wanted a ride.  The youth declined and ran away, and was not pursued.
On October 13 at approximately 11 am, the Oliver RCMP received a report that two young females were walking their dog near the Osoyoos Indian Band office when they were approached by a heavyset man with a beard and light colored hair. He was driving a grey Ford F350 with a white canopy.
“The male was holding a small dog at the time of the contact and asked the two female youth if they wanted to see his dog. The two youth declined and left the area,” said Sgt. Ken Harrington.
The male did not pursue the girls and subsequently left the Nk’Mip gas and convenience Store. Harrington said video surveillance of the vehicle was obtained.
Although the two incidents are similar they may not necessarily be related, he pointed out.
The RCMP are taking the complaints seriously and will be investigating both as suspicious.  “Regardless of the intent of the male driver in either file, the public is asked to continue to be vigilant and ensure that their children are aware of ‘stranger danger’ protocols.”
Harrington said in the event that a member of the community was the person who contacted the young persons in either file, this person is asked to contact the Oliver RCMP to provide clarification on the incidents.
A mother of one of the girls in the October 13 event called the Chronicle expressing concern child safety in the community.
David Foster, principal of Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School, reminds parents to be vigilant about their children’s safety.
“Please have a deliberate conversation with your children regarding safe practices walking to and from school.”
Foster said tips include walking with a buddy, refusing rides or treats from strangers, and making a lot of noise and running away if a stranger persists.
“If your children make you aware of a similar incident while going to or from school, please notify me and the RCMP as soon as possible.”

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