Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public of potential dangers of walking through city trails and parks after a man exposed himself to a woman last month.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th on the Beach Estates Trail.
The witness described the suspect as Caucasian, in his mid 20’s with brown curly hair and glasses.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, black sweatpants and grey runners.
He was last seen walking in front of Save-On-Foods at Brooks Landing Mall.
Along with the warning, RCMP released some tips to ensure safety while enjoying city trails and parks:
- When on a trail look around from time to time and see who you are sharing your space with
- If someone is walking behind you and it makes you feel uncomfortable, stop, pull over to the side of the trail and let them pass
- If you are confronted by someone who is committing an indecent act, stay calm and leave the area immediately
- When safe to do so, report the incident
- Make sure to tell other users of the situation
- Carry a cell phone or whistle with you.
- Pepper spray is an option but has limitations and should only be used if you fear for your safety
- If you are concerned for your safety, run in the opposite direction and make noise
- When wearing earbuds, keep the volume at a reasonable level so you can hear who you are sharing your space with
- Take a look around the parking lot and see who you are sharing it with. Criminals often wait to you are several minutes in to your walk, then break into your vehicle
- When parking, remove all valuables. Better yet think about leaving your valuables at home
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at (250) 754-2345.