Flasher in Belsize Park: Police warn women to stay alert
PUBLISHED: 16:09 05 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:46 05 November 2014
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Police in Camden are appealing for women to stay alert or to come forward if they have been victims of a man exposing himself in the Haverstock Hill area.
Police crime prevention advice:
- Be assertive: When you’re out and about look purposeful. Assertiveness in the way you behave reduces any perceived vulnerability.
- Trust your instincts: They are there to warn you of potential risks, e.g. avoid short cuts down alleys and across parks and move away from suspicious people. Have faith in your intuition and act on it.
- Be aware: Using a mobile phone, wearing a hood and loud personal music all affect your awareness of the surroundings. Don’t draw attention to your valuables.
- Be alert: Alcohol and drugs will reduce inhibitions and reaction times and will also make it harder to assess risk and take effective steps to cope with them.
- Safety in numbers: Try to travel with people you know. When you can, stick to routes where other people are and avoid short cuts in lonely places.
- If you are approached and feel threatened and cannot immediately move away be vocal and try to alert and involve others around you. Feel confident and assertive enough to say “Don’t touch me”, “No”, “Stop”, “Go Away”.
- In an emergency always dial 999.
Officers were called to reports of a man exposing himself to passersby in Steele’s Road, Steele’s Village, on Wednesday, October 28 at just after 5pm.
The suspect was seen sitting in a doorway and, as a number of women walked past, he stood up and pulled his trousers down exposing himself.
Police attended the scene and arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of indecent exposure.
He has been detained for treatment under the Mental Health Act and will return on bail in January 2015.
Police enquiries continue.
PC Lisa Baker, from Camden, said: “I am appealing for witnesses and information in relation to these indecent exposures that have taken place in the area.”
If anyone believes they have information about similar incidents, they are asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.