Terrace RCMP are asking parents to remind their children after an attempted luring yesterday.
Police say a man approached a 12 year old girl and demanded she get into his truck.
The girl had just gotten off the school bus at Williams Creek Avenue at approximately 4:10pm.
She said no and ran into the bush to hide.
The man is described as in his 50’s, Caucasian, brown hair, balding in the center, and with a very chubby face.
He was driving an older model Chevy or Ford truck, rusty along the bottom, silver and grey with a teal stripe in the middle, and a barbecue in the box.
Police say it’s important to reinforce basic safety principles with children in order to educate and prepare them should they be approached.
Some tips are:
- There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible walk with a friend or relative.
- Rides should never be accepted without asking a parent first, even if the child knows the person.
- It is okay to say NO. Should someone try to grab or restrain them, teach them to scream loudly, make a loud noise, and shout, This person is not my parent!
- Whenever possible take notes of any physical vehicle descriptors and licence plates.
- Call 911.
- If you are familiar with the area, go to the home of someone you know or go into an open business.
- Establish a secret word or phrase for your family. This should be used in emergencies to identify a safe person other than their parent or care giver.
Police say while incidents of child abduction are rare, it’s still important to educate children.
If you have information about this incident contact the Terrace RCMP or Crime Stoppers.