Just after 6:30 AM, this morning 18 August, the police responded to a call issued by the 9-1-1 Communication Centre of a woman who has been attacked and assaulted in the area of the Barkers National Park, a mangrove trail, commonly known as the dikes.
The woman, who was running in the area, was attacked from behind by a man that was wearing a blue t-shirt on his face and beige colored shorts. The man was described as being about 5ft 6in tall, of brown complexion and possibly in his 20’s. The man ran away from the scene of the incident, into the dikes where he disappeared. The victim received some minor scratches but did not require medical attention.
The police have launched an investigation into the matter and have issued this release in order to ensure that the public is aware of this incident and they are asking that persons, especially women, take extra precautions to ensure their personal safety, such as:
– Select areas that are well lit and areas that are not too overgrown to walk or run, as well as walking routes that are popular with other walkers and runners.
– Do not walk alone, especially in the early morning and late evenings when it’s still dark.
– Have a cell phone with you when you are out so that you can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
– Be vigilant when walking and running and ensure that you can hear and see what is happening around you.
– Let someone know where you’re going and estimate time of how long you will be gone.
– If you feel like you are being followed, change your path and stay in lit areas, call 9-1-1 if it persists.