Know who you're sharing the trail with
2022-05-03 14:11 PDT
File # 2022-13979
The Nanaimo RCMP is warning the public to be aware when using local trails after a man exposed himself to a woman. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 PM on Wednesday April 27, 2022, on the Beach Estates Trail. The incident was reported and the investigation is continuing.
Our city parks and trails are used by thousands of people every year for hiking, biking, jogging and a variety of other uses and are inherently safe. Unfortunately, like other communities, indecent exposures occur from time to time. Staying alert, maintaining spatial awareness and reacting properly are several ways to react if confronted, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
In the Beach Estates trail incident, the witness described the suspect as a white man, mid 20’s, brown curly hair, and glasses. He was wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, black sweatpants and grey runners, and was last seen walking in front of Save On Foods at Brooks Landing Mall.
The following tips are provided to assist you in staying safe while enjoying our 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
Don’t let a few incidents prevent you from getting out and enjoying nature. If you have information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-13979.
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
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