A child's quick thinking in reporting a suspicious vehicle near an elementary school has been praised by local authorities. They urge the community to stay vigilant and report concerning interactions immediately.

Estevan Police Service Deputy Chief Warren Morrical said the child did exactly the right thing in this situation. “In that case, the individual approached the child, asked her if she wanted a ride, and she ran to the school and reported it to an adult."

If anyone observes a concerning interaction between an adult and a child, or if they hear of one, they are encouraged to report it to the EPS or other local authorities. Morrical said providing as much information as possible and reporting the interaction fast will help ensure the safety of the child and allow the police to investigate the matter.

This same advice applies if an adult stranger approaches another adult and makes them feel uncomfortable.

“The best thing to do is trust your instincts. If something is concerning to you, report it to the police and get as many details as you possibly can—in terms of location, time," Morrical said.

He added that it is important to report occurrences of this nature promptly so that the police have the opportunity to identify the suspect and speak with the individual.