Nanaimo RCMP issue warning after indecent exposure on public trail

Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public to keep an eye on their surroundings as they investigate an indecent exposure on a public trail. Alex Schmidt / Getty Images

Nanaimo RCMP are warning the public to be alert as police search for a man accused of exposing himself on a public trail.

Police say the incident happened around 12:15 p.m. last Wednesday on the Beach Estate Trails.

“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,” Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said in a media release.

“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.”

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The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his mid 20s with curly brown hair and glasses.

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He was wearing a black jacket with grey sleeves, black sweatpants and grey runners. Police say he was last seen walking in front of the Save-On-Foods at Brooks Landing Mall.

Mounties are also urging people using the trail system to pay attention to their surroundings and who else may be around them.

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They have also released a set of safety tips in the wake of the incident:

  •  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 on the exposure incident is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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