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Don't Ask for Directions

September 18, 2009 permalink

A man operating a driveway sealing service asked several Orangeville passers-by for directions. One of them was an eleven-year-old girl. This put the city on alert for a pedophile. The Orangeville Citizen treats this as occasion to warn the public, even though the incident was innocent.



September 17, 2009

Parents asked to remind kids of stranger danger

On Monday, September 14 at approximately 3:30 p.m. an 11 year old girl reported that she was approached by a man in a vehicle in front of Des Quatre-Rivieres School on Century Drive in Orangeville. The girl believed that the lone male driver was asking her to get into the vehicle with him. The girl ignored the man and ran home. The parents of the girl attended the Orangeville Police Service to report the incident.

Police continued their investigation and on Tuesday local schools were notified of the incident and the area was canvassed by police.

Through information received from area residents, police were able to identify the man in question as being in the area operating a driveway sealing service. Police have confirmed that the incident was a misunderstanding in communication when the man was asking several persons for directions to a local street.

The Orangeville Police Service wishes to thank the residents that provided information to help identify the man and resolve this incident.

Parents are asked to remind children not to talk to strangers and not to get into vehicles with strangers. In addition, adults are reminded to not approach kids for information such as directions. Asking another adult or attending area businesses to make inquiries is the more appropriate way to obtain information.

As well, parents are encouraged to report these types of incidents to police for further investigation.

Source: Orangeville Citizen