Police are looking for a suspicious man who is slapping and grabbing the buttocks of women on the Mountain.
Officers are investigating two incidents that involved a thin white male wearing a hoodie and blue jeans. In the first incident, on Nov. 30, a female was walking home in the Terrace Drive area when she heard footsteps behind her and felt someone grab her buttocks. Then the suspect ran off.
On Dec. 2, also in the Terrace Drive area, a male walked up behind a mother and daughter who were out for a walk, slapped the mother’s buttocks and ran off.
Anyone with information should call Det. Wide at 905-540-5543 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Here are some safety tips from police:
- Trust your instincts. You do not need to speak with strangers, especially if they make you uncomfortable. You don’t have to talk to anyone just because they talk to you.
- Go towards light and away from darkness.
- When walking, be alert. Listen for footsteps and voices. Look people in the eye and with confidence.
- Walk in well-lit and heavily trafficked areas. Walk near the sidewalk curb and away from hiding spots such as buildings, entrances, alleys and shrubs.
- If you think you’re being followed, go to a well-lit public place or populated area.
- Arrange a system so people know where you are and when you’re expected home.
- When walking or jogging alone at night, wear light coloured clothing and carry a personal alarm or whistle.
- Yell “fire,” sound an alarm or blow a whistle to attract attention if you’re in danger. Give yourself permission to be loud.