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Published September 15, 2023

Man charged with attempted abduction of two girls in the Alliston area

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Two girls playing at an Alliston area park refused to go with a man that provincial police allege approached them and tried to convince them to go with him in a vehicle.

OPP say the girls were playing at Treetop Park around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday when the man spoke with them.

They refused the offer and police were notified immediately.

A 45-year-old from New Tecumseth has been charged with:

-      Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

-      Attempt abduction of a person under the age of 14 - three counts

-      Mischief

The accused was held pending a bail hearing.

Investigators are urging anyone with any dash cam footage, or home surveillance in the immediate area or anyone with additional information to contact the Nottawasaga OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). When you contact Crime Stoppers, you remain anonymous, you will never have to testify, and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

The OPP would like parents to share the following safety tips with their children:

-      Share the golden rule: Always seek permission from a trusted adult before going anywhere with anyone.

-      Consistent repetition is crucial. Reinforce these messages at each stage of a child's development.

-      Safety in numbers is a must. Encourage children to travel in pairs or groups, taking the same route and checking in upon arrival.

-      Teach children to steer clear of approaching vehicles. If approached, they should run in the opposite direction and promptly inform a trusted adult.

-      Emphasize that unknown adults should never ask children for help. Children should run and report to a trusted adult. It's not their responsibility to assist adults seeking help or looking for a lost pet without proper authorization.

-      Establish a family password for added security. Share it with anyone authorized to pick up your child. This extra layer of protection counters tricks predators might employ.

-      Encourage children to use their voices. If in a dangerous situation, they should yell loudly to attract attention, in addition to kicking, hitting and pushing away.

-      Above all, instill trust in children's instincts. If something feels wrong or unsafe, it's okay for them to leave the situation immediately and seek help from a trusted adult.

For more information on how to keep kids safe, visit www.protectchildren.ca.

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