Police ask people to stop spreading internet abduction rumours


2021-02-06 19:41 PST

File # 2021-3292

Important: Unproven stories that appear on Facebook, TikTok or Twitter should not be trusted.

Coquitlam RCMP has seen a growing number of social media rumours about abduction attempts and aggression towards women in the Tri Cities area. Some of the ‘reports’ say that a white van, or another suspicious vehicle, followed a woman and thus the driver was attempting an abduction.

Coquitlam RCMP has received one official report and seen several other online posts, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP. We have an open mind, but so far there is no evidence to support that any abduction attempt has actually happened. If we see any real risk we will let the public know. In the meantime, we are asking you to stop spreading unproven rumours. Those rumours are scaring people.

We’ve seen people drawing connections between situations and investigations that are completely unrelated and encouraging each other to carry weapons as a result, says Corporal McLaughlin. Please don’t carry weapons, and don’t try to draw conclusions about crimes based on very basic information.

Police would like to remind people that there are many reasons that a vehicle might drive slowly in their neighbourhood.

Anyone who is concerned about personal safety can follow these guidelines:

If you think you have been the victim of an abduction attempt, or you think you saw one, please call your police of jurisdiction right away. The Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number is always open at 604-945-1550. Report any crime in progress to 9-1-1.

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Coquitlam RCMP Media Relations

Office: (604) 945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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