I just read “Strangers photographing kids: creepy.” (Letters to the Editor, Sequim Gazette, Sept. 17). The letter stated problems in public areas such as playfields, parks and also a store.
I am a grandmother who has faced similar situations. I wish to send in suggestions. First, calmly take a clear photo of the person in question. If you decide to talk to the stranger, clearly state your concerns about the reasons why children are being photographed. Inform this person that you intend to show his photo to law enforcement to determine if he is known to police and formally lodge a complaint of a possible pedophile stalking children.
If you feel it’s not best to confront a stranger, keep the non-emergency phone number to the local police department logged into your cellphone. Be prepared to give clear information to the police and inform them you have a photo of the person involved.
In any store, you should contact the manager, show a photo of the person and explain calmly and clearly your concerns about strangers stalking children in this area.
Police can’t be everywhere. A clear photo and accurate information can be very useful if there is a real problem. If you talk with police, please ask how to safely and effectively handle situations like this.
I hope and pray there is an active and effective way to discourage this problem. If properly handled, it can reduce the fears and risks to families. Don’t let predators stay anonymous! Make their presence around children known to police!