‘Kidnapper’ on Facebook untrue

2015-05-19 06:00

Social media has been abuzz with reports of a man allegedly taking pictures of young children in a park in Cape Town.

A picture of the suspect has been circulated on various groups on Facebook with the accompanying report that the young man was taking pictures of little children and their nannies in Keurboom Park in Ronde­bosch and trying to coerce them into his car. Some reports state that the suspect’s photograph was taken by a member of a security company.

According to police spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman, who was shown the photograph by People’s Post, the matter was brought to the attention of the Claremont police (Keurboom Park falls under the jurisdiction of the Claremont police).

“The police have been monitoring the area ever since the matter was reported on social media with regular car patrols. It has thus been established via investigations that the gentleman in question did not try and coerce the children into his car. Subsequent investigations have also led police to establish that the person in question is not wanted in any criminal cases.”

According to Latchman it is always a good practice to be extremely cautious where the safety of children is concerned.

“If parents or nannies spot unfamiliar persons in areas like parks and play areas they frequent and if those persons come across as suspicious or make them feel uncomfortable, leave the area immediately and report the matter to the police with a description of the alleged suspect.”

Latchman also urges parents and caretakers to avoid striking up a conversation with unfamiliar people which could lead to them unknowingly giving out personal information.

By the time of going to press all efforts by People’s Post to get a comment from the person who reported this on Facebook has been unsuccessful

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