Russell OPP warn of ‘tricky people’ after stranger offers ride to young person

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EMBRUN — Russell County OPP are reminding the public to inform their children about unsafe situations and “tricky people” after an unidentified male motorist stopped and offered a ride to a young person in Embrun.

The suspicious vehicle complaint— involving a beige/white four-door SUV — was received by the detachment around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 6.

While no criminal offence occurred, Russell County OPP advise parents to inform teach their children about “tricky people” — adults who ask children for help, “a huge red flag” because “no adult should need the help of a child.”

The detachment says that parents and children should understand that:

  • Strangers who tempt children with treats and rewards, who lure them to their cars with empty promises or who touch your child’s body when they say ‘no’ are bad people.
  • The vast majority of strangers won’t harm to your child, but it’s important they know the behaviour that bad people may use to take advantage of them.
  • You do not want your children to think everyone they meet is a stranger and to be afraid of them.

Police encourage parents to discuss and review “Stranger Danger” tips with their children. If you or anyone you know have any further information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Russell County OPP at 613-443-4499 or OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.


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