Saanich Police say that a recent incident that was believed to involve child-luring is now being considered a “misunderstanding.”
The incident in question occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15, when a 10-year-old child near Claremont Secondary School was approached by a man in a vehicle, according to the Saanich Police Department.
Saanich Police say that following the incident, officers were able to identify the man, who was completely cooperative with the investigation.
After looking into the incident further, officers determined that the child-luring incident was a “matter of misunderstanding that has now been explained to all of those involved.”
At this time there are no safety risks to the public stemming from this incident in Saanich, suggest police.
“We continue to remind children and families about what to do in the event of an encounter with a stranger — If a stranger approaches to ask for assistance or presents an offering, refuse, walk away, find a safe place, and call the police or an adult that they know or trust,” reads a statement from Saanich PD.
While this incident has been considered a misunderstanding, a similar incident allegedly occurred in Victoria on Friday.
In that incident, the Victoria Police Department says an 11-year-old child was playing on the Finlayson turf of Topaz Park at around 2 p.m. when they were approached by a woman, in her 60s or 70s, who then offered the child money and a Bible and to get into her car. Fortunately, the child refused and was unharmed.