RCMP warned NWT residents to “be aware, but be fair” following Facebook posts documenting the apparent journey of two men in a black car through the territory.
The posts, which have been shared hundreds of times, allege – without clear evidence – the men in the car have been seen taking photos of children along the route.
One post carries a photo appearing to show the car being stopped by RCMP outside Fort Providence.
Cabin Radio asked RCMP what information, if any, police could share about that interaction, the vehicle, and its occupants.
Police said they had indeed spoken to the men – but added there is no evidence of any criminal behaviour at any point in the vehicle’s journey.
“Northwest Territories RCMP are aware of the social media postings regarding a black car and two males travelling into the Northwest Territories,” read an emailed response from RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon.
“The persons were spoken to by our members in Fort Providence. At this time, there have been no reports, or findings of criminality in relation to the vehicle on its travels.”
York-Condon went on to warn residents they should “be aware, but be fair” when it comes to posts such as these shared on Facebook.
“RCMP caution the public to not take all social media postings as fact,” wrote York-Condon.
“Until a person breaks the law, they have the right to travel without restriction or harassment.
“RCMP encourage anyone who observes suspicious activity to report it to their closest RCMP detachment or police force.”