Police looking to identify vehicle of interest
2021-02-25 12:28 PST
File # 2021-5859
The Kamloops RCMP Detachment is asking for the public’s help after receiving a report of a suspicious van near a school yesterday afternoon.
On February 24, just before 4 p.m., Kamloops RCMP received a report involving two kids who were followed by a white caravan style-van in the Meadowland Crescent area. The van was driven by a man in his 30s with a mohawk and sunglasses. The man in the van allegedly circled the block five times and at one point, stopped and stared at the kids; it drove away when one of them took out their phone.
Police are asking residents in the Meadowland Crescent area and its surrounding blocks to please check their home surveillance for any images of a white van in the area around the time school lets out.
If you know who was driving the van, or if you were the driver of the van, it’s very important to contact police so we can further this investigation and find out what is going on, said Constable Crystal Evelyn, spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP.
Residents are also asked to please review safety and street-proofing tips with their kids.
While this investigating is still ongoing and we don’t have all the facts and information available at this time, discussing good safety habits and tips is always a good idea, Cst. Evelyn added.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-5859.
Below are some street-proofing tips to discuss with your kids.
- Know your home address and landline phone number
- Know how to contact your parents on their cell phones or at work
- Know how and when to call 9-1-1 in an emergency from a phone
- Establish a code word for your family. This should be used in emergencies to identify a ‘safe person’ other than their parent or caregiver
- Play what if games with younger children to reinforce these safety messages
In the Community:
- Children and teens should play and walk to places with a buddy. If they become separated or lost, they should tell someone with a nametag (for e.g. a cashier or security guard) immediately
- Avoid conversations with strangers. If someone you do not know asks you personal questions, such as: where do you live, do not answer. Run away or leave the situation immediately
- It’s okay 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 a person tries to grab you - scream loudly, make a lot of noise, and try to create a disturbance (e.g. knock things over, scatter belongings, kick wildly). Shout,
Help, this person is not my parent!Run to a safe location like an open store
- If a vehicle is involved, try to take get the license plate and a description of the stranger(s) and vehicle(s). Call 9-1-1 for help
- If you are taking a public bus, always sit near the bus driver
- Reduce the use of headphones or use of electronic devices that can distract you from your surroundings when you are walking
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
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