Whistler RCMP are asking locals to call police right away about any suspicious activity after reports of a man or a group of men stalking women in the community.
Whistler RCMP said it has become aware of social media posts of a suspicious man or men approaching females while they are walking, running, or participating in community activities.
Whistler RCMP said it also want to provide residents a number of basic tips and steps they can take to help prevent becoming a victim, as well as some tips on what to do if it does happen.
When walking, running or otherwise engaged in the many outdoor activities our community has to offer:
• Be aware of your surroundings
• Plan your route to avoid isolated areas
• Wear reflective clothing/ use a flashlight / headlamp
• Have a whistle
• Take a cell phone to call 911
• Talk on the phone with a friend while you are walking home
• Vary your route if possible, don’t be predictable
• Plan ahead for a safe ride home / use transit
• If you think you are being followed walk into a store, restaurant, police station, fire station medical centre or to a lighted home
• Plan your outdoor activities with a friend
• Have a walking buddy
• If you’re using earphones only use in one ear
• Keep your head up and look confident
• Tell others when you are going & when you are expected home
• Trust your instincts
• Call 911
If a stranger confronts you:
Act on your gut feelings. If someone gives you a bad feeling, tell him or her clearly to leave you alone, and walk away
If a stranger stops their car to ask you for directions do not approach the car. If you want to provide directions do so from a distance.
Yell if you are under attack. Keep yelling, repeatedly. Yell as loud as you can. Scream. Be noisy