The Regina Police Service is advising the public of recent incidents involving an adult male attempting to converse with children at a public pool considered somewhat suspicious. On August 5th, 2016 police responded to a call for service to learn the same male had attended the pool days prior as well. Police were unable to locate the male to speak with him.
At this stage, no crime has occurred, but police wanted to make the public aware, as a precaution. The Regina Police Service to remind parents that now is a good time to reinforce safety plans with their school-age children, even teens.
The male is described as: 30 to 35 years of age, Caucasian, blonde hair in a Mohawk with hair on the side of his head seemed longer than normal. He was wearing a black button down shirt with blue shorts and brightly colored Nike running shoes. The Regina Police Service is reminding parents that discussing/reviewing safety plans with children is important, not just during the school year. Here are some suggestions parents may want to consider for discussion with their own children:
- Be aware of surroundings and take note of anything or anyone that looks suspicious;
- If you are listening to music on headphones or earbuds, cover only one ear so you can still hear traffic, people, dogs and any other potential hazard;
- Don’t approach a vehicle, if you do not know the person inside;
- Don’t engage in conversation with someone you don’t know;
- If possible, have a friend walk with you; this is a particularly good strategy for younger children;
- Have a route that uses sidewalks, instead of alleys or paths through parks;
- Get a description of anyone who behaves suspiciously;
- If possible get a description of any vehicle involved, including a license plate;
- Report promptly to a teacher, police officer or other trusted adult.
Anyone who may have information that could assist in the investigation into these incidents is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.