Alert issued to parents

Foothills incident leads RCMP to urge parents to talk to kids about danger of talking to strangers

Vernon RCMP are encouraging parents to talk to their kids about the potential dangers of talking to strangers following an incident near the Foothills Saturday.

An 11-year-old boy was out with friends on Blackcomb Way, off Silver Star Road, in the early afternoon Saturday when he was approached by two people in a van.

“The police were able to speak to the boy this (Monday) morning, and learned that he was at a park and was walking home with several friends when a man and woman, believed to be in their 40s, attempted to lure him into their van by saying they had some candy,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“The victim did not cooperate and left.”

Molendyk said the boy believes it was a Toyota minivan, white in colour. No licence plate was obtained from the vehicle.

“The RCMP encourages parents whose children are approached by stranger to report it to police immediately,” said Molendyk.

“The police would like to remind all parents to speak to their children about safety of being approached by strangers, and how to react. Do not go to the vehicle run home or a safe location. Do not travel alone. All of the safety precautions should be taken.”