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Report of child luring in Penticton, B.C.; RCMP offer tips on staying safe

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A group of Penticton girls reported last month they were approached by an older man asking if they wanted to go for a ride with them, prompting B.C. RCMP to issue a reminder on how to stay safe.

RCMP said they were called Feb. 9 to the 1300-block of Kensington Street in Penticton, after three young girls reported that they were approached by a  man asking if they knew where a local winery was and if they wanted to go for a ride with him.

“The girls demonstrated excellent street smarts by telling the man ‘no,’” Const. Dayne Lyons, media relations officer with Penticton RCMP said in a press release. “The girls immediately left the area and called police.”

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Penticton RCMP is asking all parents to have a conversation with their children about their safety.

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Some tips to consider are:

  • It’s OK to say NO to adults who ask you to do something for them, such as: help them find a lost pet, join them in an activity or game, or give them directions
  • Never walk with or accept a ride, money or gifts from strangers or even someone you may know, without checking with your parents. Keep a safe distance (two arm lengths) from strangers and cars that approach you
  • If you are taking a public bus, always sit near the bus driver

For more tips visit www.BCRCMP.ca and click “Safety Tips”

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