SURREY RCMP are informing the public of three separate incidents between September 27 and October 10 where women were accosted from behind in Whalley and Newton.
In each circumstance, a woman was walking alone and grabbed from behind by an unknown man. Thankfully, all three women were able to escape without physical injuries; however, incidents like these can have lasting emotional impacts, say the RCMP.
The first incident occurred on September 27 at 5 p.m. in Bear Creek Park.
A second incident occurred at 7:24 p.m. in the 11400-block of Millar Road on the same day.
The third incident occurred on October 10 at 11:57 p.m. on a pathway between 132 Street and Edinburgh Drive.
Police say there is currently no evidence to indicate that these incidents are linked. However, it is concerning to police and the community having three similar occurrences within a short period of time. Investigators are actively working to identify suspects and are asking anyone with further information to contact police.
“We want the public to be aware of these incidents, to maintain a healthy vigilance and report all suspicious activity,” said Surrey RCMP Media Relations Officer Cpl.Vanessa Munn on Thursday.
“We recognize these incidents can lead to a sense of unease within the community. We want to assure residents that in addition to our ongoing investigations, we have stepped up patrols in the areas of these incidents.”
People should not have to alter their behaviour because someone else is doing something criminal. However, given the recent increase in similar incidents, Surrey RCMP are recommending the following safety tips:
– When possible walk with another person
– Be aware of your surroundings
– Limit distractions – store mobile phones and other valuables out of sight and remove your headphones
– Try to take routes that are well lit and populated
Additional safety tips can be found online here.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. If you wish to make an anonymous report please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.