RCMP urging street smarts following suspicious reports at schools

Street smarts for kids

Kamloops RCMP and School District 73 are urging parents and guardians to discuss street smart safety tips with their children after reports of suspicious vehicles in school areas.

Since kids headed back to school this month, the Kamloops RCMP said it received two reports in and around school areas.

The first report was in Westsyde involving a suspicious vehicle. Another report was filed in Sahali.

Police are investigating the incidents but are asking the public to talk about street safety with their kids.

“Police and the School District work very closely together and take suspicious occurrences very seriously, collecting and investigating all information available,” said Corporal Dana Napier of the Kamloops RCMP.

RCMP said street proofing tips can prepare youth to recognize and respond to suspicious activity any time they are out.

“Trust your instincts,” Napier said.

“If something happens that feels off or suspicious, let a safe adult or police know as soon as possible so they can act on the information as quickly as possible.”

The RCMP said some street safety tips parents should talk to their kids about include, giving your child a cell phone when they are away from home, and encouraging teens and children to play and walk places with a buddy — if they get separated they should tell someone with a name tag (like a cashier or a security guard) immediately.

Children should avoid long conversations with strangers, and if a stranger asks personal questions, the police say they shouldn’t answer and instead run away or leave the situation.

Older children are encouraged to sit near the bus driver when taking the public bus and limit the use of electronic devices.

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