Range Lake child says man followed them home – twice

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A child in Yellowknife’s Range Lake area says an unidentified stranger has been following them home from school.

In a statement on Wednesday, police said the most recent incident came on Tuesday afternoon, at around 3pm, as the child walked home on Borden Drive.

The child noticed a man wearing a dark hoodie – pulled up over his head – following them. When the student crossed the road, the man did the same.

Only when a police patrol car passed by did the man decide to leave. According to the child, it’s the second time this has happened.

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RCMP say the incidents are ‘suspicious’ and ask parents to make sure their children know what to do in a similar situation.

“Create a family safety plan and review it with all family members,” is police advice.

“If you believe you are being followed, cross the street, go to the nearest group of people or business and call the police.

“If you are suddenly confronted by anyone who demands that you go with him, run away, yell for help, throw a rock through a store or car window – do whatever you can to attract attention.

“If the criminal is after your backpack or other material items, throw them one way while you run the other way. Call police as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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