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Wilfrid Laurier University Special Constable Service

Safety notice: Police issue alert about sexual assaults in Waterloo

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Oct 28/13

WATERLOO — Waterloo Regional Police and the Laurier Special Constable Service are asking the public to exercise caution after two reports since Sept. 14 of sexual assault in neighbourhoods near Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

In the most recent incident, which occurred at about 8:15 p.m. Oct. 25, a male riding a bicycle approached a young woman from behind and assaulted her in Veterans' Green near Hazel Street and University Avenue West.

The male is described as possibly white, long light-coloured hair, thin build, wearing a dark hoody and dark pants. The male was last seen continuing through Veterans' Green toward the intersection at Hazel and University on his bicycle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Waterloo Regional Police Major Case Branch at 519-653-7700 ext. 8644 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Laurier’s Special Constable Service encourages all members of the Laurier community to take precautions and use Laurier’s Foot Patrol service, which provides escorted walks and van-rides home by male-female teams, from 6:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily. To contact Foot Patrol, call 519-886-FOOT (3668) or Tweet @WLUFootPatrol.

Additional safety tips:

•  Whenever possible, walk with at least one friend.

•  Walk in well-lit areas in easy view of other pedestrians or motorists.

•  Listening to music through headphones or talking on cellphones may detract from your awareness of surroundings or the ability to spot suspicious activity.

•  Arrange for safe transportation home following outings or social events.

•  Should you or anyone you know become the victim of this type of crime ensure it is reported to police as soon as possible.

•  For more street-proofing tips please visit www.wrps.on.ca/stay-safe

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