Police urge caution in wake of sexual assault incidents

Campus Police have issued a series of safety tips in response to several incidents of sexual assault near campus this week.

Windsor Police Service and Campus Police are working together on several investigations:

  • During a break-and-enter in the 900 block of California Avenue on September 28, the victim woke up and felt someone touching her over her clothes; a male suspect fled.
  • A victim reported that a man unknown to her approached and hugged her at approximately 8:15 p.m. September 28 in the area of University Avenue West and Sunset Avenue.
  • A suspect is currently in hospital for psychiatric assessment after hugging and kissing a victim in a bus shelter in the area of University Avenue West and Randolph Avenue on September 30.

 Among the safety tips provided by crime prevention officers are:

  1. Walk with confidence, keep your head up and don’t be afraid to make eye contact with those you pass.
  2. Keep your keys ready, even if it’s a quick jaunt from your front door to your car. This will eliminate fumbling around for them outside, which will distract you from your surroundings.
  3. Know what to do in the worst-case scenario. If you are faced with an uncomfortable or dangerous situation and you can escape, do so immediately.
  4. Minimize the amount of articles you are carrying. Multiple bags can prevent your ability to react quickly.
  5. Avoid hiding spots and short cuts. Keep yourself in visible places on the sidewalk or street as much as possible.
  6. When on campus in the evening, contact WalkSafe to escort you to your vehicle, building or bus stop. Two radio-equipped volunteers will arrive to pick you up at an appointed location and will ensure you reach your destination safely.

Find more information on these incidents and steps to protect yourself on the Campus Police Service website.