Richmond RCMP are warning parents about the possibility of a future kidnapping.
Cpl. Jennifer Pound made the unusual announcement on Tuesday after Mounties received information that a child may be abducted sometime in the next several weeks.
“The information at this point is extremely minimal but the priority is to advise the public so you may take the necessary precautions,” Pound said. “It is believed the potential victim attends one of the Richmond Elementary Schools.”
Although information is limited police are actively investigating the case.
“We are urging parents to be extra vigilant,” Pound said. “Communicate with your children and educate them on safety tips such as walking in groups and well lit, high-traffic areas. If walking to school they should be walking with an adult and not another child.”
She added that parents need to make sure their children know that it is okay to misbehave if they’re approached by a stranger.
“Talk to your kids and assure them that it is important for them to draw attention to themselves. It is okay to yell and scream and do whatever they can do to get the attention of passersby,” Pound said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this matter to call Cpl. Row at 604-207-4713 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.