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Police urge extra caution when walking at night
Waterloo Regional Police are asking students and others to exercise additional caution following two recent robberies.
Police reported two separate incidents in which people walking near the Waterloo campus were robbed at gunpoint. The two incidents occurred within an hour of one another in the early morning hours of Feb. 10.
In the first incident, a suspect approached the victim, produced a handgun and robbed the victim of personal items. The suspect is described as male, 5' 10" with a slim build and wearing dark clothing and black gloves.
In the second incident, two males approached the victim, produced a handgun and robbed the victim of personal items. One suspect is described as a male, 6' - 6'1", wearing black clothing, black gloves, and a black toque with a white pom pom pulled down over his face. The second suspect is described as male, 5' 10", with a slim build, wearing dark clothing, black gloves and a black toque pulled down over his face.
There was also a report of a woman being followed by two men on Laurier’s Waterloo campus on Feb. 13 around 7:30 p.m. After a short while, the men turned away. For more details, click here.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Waterloo Regional Police at 519.653.7700 ext. 3399 or call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS.
Police and the Laurier Special Constable Service are also asking people in the university neighbourhoods to exercise the following safety tips:
• Use Laurier Foot Patrol when walking at night. On the Waterloo campus, call Foot Patrol at 519.886-3668. On the Brantford campus, call 519.751.7875.
• Use the Campus Assist text messaging service for emergency assistance. By texting the number 78247 on the Waterloo or Brantford campuses, you can send a message to the communication centre operated by Laurier’s Special Constable Service. The message initiates a two-way communication with a dispatch officer, and the Special Constable Service will respond as needed.
• When walking or jogging at night, walk with a buddy and stay in well-lit and travelled areas.
• Avoid being on the street alone if you are upset or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Carry a loud whistle or personal alarm device. Use them to attract attention if you feel you are in danger. Have these easily accessible just in case you need them quickly.