Report attempted child abductions - SAPS

2015-11-12 19:46


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Pretoria - Pretoria police have called on parents to report attempted child abductions instead of posting on social media.

There have been numerous social media posts from parents around the city describing their encounters with child abductors, but police say the parents did not come forward to report the incidences.

Police spokesperson Dave Miller said he was only aware of one opened case, but had heard of many others from social media.

“We urge people to open formal cases with police. You can’t just go to social media and then ask what police are doing. I know of one docket being investigated for an incident in the Moreleta area two weeks ago,” he said.

Miller said a mother was shopping with her child when two men tried abducting the child. She had turned around to pick up something and when she turned back toward the child, she saw two men with the child. She took her child and there was an exchange of words before she opened a case with the police.

Miller said it was important for parents and communities to come forward with such information to ensure perpetrators were arrested. Should there be a breakthrough, they could be contacted.

“Parents must be very careful [when they are] with children and... be aware of where they are. They must be aware of their surroundings at all times,” he said.

Miller added from what was being posted on social media, it appeared there was an increase in attempted child abductions, but with cases not being opened, it painted a different picture.

Police have since released identity kits of the two men who tried abducting the Moreleta child.

The one is 1.79m tall, is medium build with dark hair.

The other man is 1.65m tall and both are believed to be in their late 20s.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the investigating officers captain Terblanche or warrant officer Malobe on 012 369 6900 during office hours or the SAPS Crime Stop Call Centre, operating 24 hours a day at 08600 10111.

Read more on:    police  |  pretoria  |  crime  |  abductions

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