Indecent caller is targeting babysitters' phone numbers: CPS

Feb 6 2020, 11:18 am

Calgary babysitters beware.

The Calgary Police Service is warning the public that a man has been making indecent phone calls to babysitter services, targeting girls ages 11 to 16.

The CPS release states that the phone calls started at the beginning of 2019, resulting in multiple complaints throughout the year. The man is calling from a blocked number and engaging the girls in “conversation that becomes progressively more inappropriate and graphic,” according to the release.

Police have also provided the following tips as a way to ensure safe phone call and internet practices:

  • Do not include a photograph of a babysitter on any website.
  • Do not answer any phone calls from blocked/private numbers.
  • Do not include the babysitter’s phone number on websites; police recommend communicating via email initially.
  • Make sure a parent or guardian is present and listening when the babysitter is communicating with the person looking to hire them.
  • Never let a babysitter meet the individual hiring them alone.

Anyone who may have received a call similar to the ones described above is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.