WINNIPEG – Police are looking into reports of a number of reports of children being approached by men in vehicles.
Police said two children on separate occasions noticed suspicious males following them Friday evening.
The first incident took place at around 5 p.m. in the area of McCalman Avenue and Chester Street. A six-year-old-girl who was playing outside her house walked down her sidewalk and noticed a truck following her. She decided to turn around and go back home and the driver did a U-turn and continued to follow her, police said.
The child ran home and told her mother, who contacted police. The driver is described as a male with black hair driving a blue truck, police said.
At 8 p.m. Friday, another girl noticed a suspicious person, police said. The seven-year-old was playing outside her home in the Sanford Fleming Road and Plessis Road area when a man in a car pulled up. He made contact with the girl and asked her to get into his car, and when she refused, he offered her candy.
She ran home and told her parents, who also called police. The driver in this case is described as in his 20s to 30s and he was driving a newer-model white four-door car.
Neither of the children were injured.
Const. Eric Hofley of the Winnipeg Police Service said there were also two other suspicious person incidents reported in the last week. One of the reasons behind the increased number of suspicious people reports is the warmer weather, Hofley said; because children are now outside enjoying the seasonal temperatures, it makes it easier for predators.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection said what the two girls did Friday night is exactly what children should do if they ever feel uncomfortable.
If you notice something or someone who is acting suspicious, police urge you to call Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
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