Pointe-Claire parents on lookout for possible predator – Montreal

WATCH ABOVE: Police are on high alert after receiving a report of a man who approached three young girls near Viking Pool in Pointe-Claire. Global’s Kelly Greig reports.

POINTE-CLAIRE  – Police are on high alert after a report of a man who approached three young girls near Viking Pool on Saturday.

Two 11-year-old girls and one nine-year-old girl said a man in a vehicle stopped and talked to them as they walked to their home nearby.

The three fled into a house and locked the door.

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“They had the good reflex to go home and tell their parents as soon as possible,” said Jean-Pierre Brabant with Montreal police.

“Parents came over to the police station and filed a complaint.”

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An investigation is underway, but police cannot give a description of the man or the vehicle because no criminal act was committed.

They have stepped up security in the area.

“All the patrol officers in the West Island and on the island of Montreal are aware of the situation so they’re patrolling parks, swimming pool, places where people or children could go,” said Brabant.

Lessons and free swim were uninterrupted Wednesday at the members-only pool.

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But for the early-morning swimmers, the news came as a shock.

“I was surprised because each morning for two weeks I’ve seen public security around and I was wondering why they were walking around and checking the place,” said Madelene Dover, who has been swimming at the pool every morning for 39 years.

“This is a very quiet area, Pointe-Claire, and particularly this part where the swimming pool is,” added Jolanth Sapieha.

“It’s quiet and safe for kids, for adults, for everyone. So I’m very surprised.”

Police commend the children and the parents for filing a report and said that the best prevention is education.

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“If you talk to your children, make them aware of those situations. If a person is trying to approach them, make sure they say ‘no’ and they continue,” said Brabant.

“Make sure that your children are moving around parks not by themselves and to know an exit or a person that they can go to see.”

Police are encouraging parents to teach their children about “stranger, danger” and ask anyone with information on the alleged predator to call them.

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