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Police Warn Public After 3 Girls Inappropriately Touched

04/24/2013 11:40 EDT | Updated 06/24/2013 05:12 EDT
Police are warning the public after three girls in their early teens were touched inappropriately by a stranger in separate incidents in South Vancouver.

All three incidents took place between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT as the girls were on their way home from school.

The first two incidents took place on Monday in the area of 64th Avenue and Victoria Drive. The third incident took place Tuesday in the area of East 58th Avenue and Fraser Street.

None of the girls were physically hurt in the encounters, according to police.

The suspect is described as a man in his late teens or early 20s of average height and build with short dark hair.

He was wearing dark, casual clothing. During the third incident, the suspect was wearing a black hoodie and red sweatpants.

Anyone who has information about these incidents is asked to call the Vancouver Police Sex Crimes Unit at 604-717-0600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Safety tips

- Teach your children that a stranger is anyone they don't know. Friendly strangers are still strangers.

- If a stranger or anyone they know touches them or tries to take them somewhere against their will, they should scream, kick, yell and run away.

- Do not write your child's name on clothing or bags. This would allow a stranger to know your child's name.

- Teach your child how to dial 911. Your child should also know his or her home address and important phone numbers.

- For teens, use a buddy system. Never walk or bike alone, day or night.

- Teach your child and teen to be aware of their surroundings. If they notice someone following them, they should cross the street and head towards a crowded area or to a house they know is safe.

- Don't scare your children, educate them.

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