Comox Valley RCMP are telling residents to talk to their children about strangers after a report of suspicious activity with a white van in the area.
On Wednesday police received a report about a suspicious white van driving slowly around Denman, Cortez, and Dogwood Streets in Comox on September 22 in the early afternoon.
A woman told police that she was out with her two children when they were approached by two different men in a white van with chrome bumpers.
The men reportedly tried to engage her children in conversation and were asking them personal questions.
The driver of the van was described to police as a South Asian man with a goatee, clean cut hair, and of average height.
The other man in the vehicle was described to police as South Asian with a slender build, clean cut and clean shaven, smoking a cigarette and wearing aviator glasses.
“It is important to report these suspicious activities to police right away,” said Cst. Monika Terragni, Comox Valley RCMP.
“If suspicious activity is not reported, we cannot be expected to know about it, to respond to it, or to warn residents. We do not monitor social media for police reports since anyone can post anything.”
The RCMP say the situation is a reminder for parents to reinforce basic safety principles with their children.
Information on “Street Proofing” children is available from the RCMP on their website.
Anyone with information about suspicious activity is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321.
Those who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Comox Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca.