MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Montgomery Police Department has issued a statement to address a series of social media posts about alleged abduction attempts in Montgomery shopping centers.
“MPD has investigated the circumstances surrounding these posts and none of them have indicated that they were related to an abduction attempt," the police department said.
MPD Captain Regina Duckett commented on the spread of the social media rumors.
“I get that citizens are concerned and they want other citizens to be aware, but sometimes when you do that and you don’t know the facts or you elaborate a story a little bit it can cause unnecessary concern within the community,” she said.
Duckett also said a lot of social media posts are made without a police report being filed.
MPD is urging residents to be aware of their surroundings, however, and to always practice personal safety.
You can always report suspicious or criminal behavior by dialing 911 or, if it’s a non-emergency, at 334-625-2651.