The Terrace RCMP is reminding parents to teach their children about personal safety.
Constable Angela Rabut of the Terrace detachment says there was a incident on Wednesday April 13th involving a 5 year old and allegations of someone offering the child money.
While details of what happened aren’t clear, Cst. Rabut says parents have an important role in teaching children how to protect themselves and explaining who and what is a stranger.
Additional tips for parents:
- Never talk, take anything, or go anywhere with a stranger. A stranger is: someone you don’t know; know only a little bit or have seen around; someone your parents have told you to stay away from.
- If a stranger attempts to engage you leave the stranger right away and go to the closest safe place i.e. home, the home of someone you know, or into an open business.
- Tell an adult that a stranger is making you feel uncomfortable or tried to get you to go with them or give you something.
- There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible walk with a friend or relative.
- 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.
- 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.
Cst. Rabut reminds parents that incidents of child abduction are rare, however it is important to educate our children.