Police are investigating a report of an indecent exposure that reportedly took place on Thursday (Jan 7) in the area of Cavendish Road in Pembroke.

A spokesman said: “A female informed police that as she ran along Cavendish Road near Lane Hill, shortly after 6am, she observed a light skinned male, wearing a fluorescent jacket standing underneath a light pole near Lane Hill. As she approached the male reportedly exposed himself to her.

“The BPS is seeking the public’s assistance with the investigation into this matter and urges anyone who may have been in the area of Cavendish Road between Lane Hill and Hibiscus Lane, Pembroke between 6:00 a.m. and 6:25 a.m. today, Thursday January 7th, 2020 and may have any information on this incident, to please call 211 or the main police number 295-0011.

“Meanwhile with the hours of darkness starting earlier and ending later, the BPS provides the following safety advice to those who choose to run in the evening or early morning.”

Safety tips:

  • Always tell someone where you are going
  • Stay on well-travelled and well-lit roads. Don’t take shortcuts through, poorly lit areas, etc
  • If possible, run with a dog, a group or at least one other person
  • Bring your phone
  • Do not wear jewellery that will attract attention
  • If someone looks shady to you, cross the street or go the other way
  • Vary your routes. Don’t be predictable
  • Know where you’re going. Looking confused and lost can make you a target
  • Avoid wearing headphones/earbuds and don’t be distracted. Perpetrators specifically look for people who aren’t 100 percent aware of their surroundings
  • Trust your gut. If something or someone doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t
  • If you’re heckled, try to remain calm. Getting angry or entering into a dispute could escalate the situation

“Everyone should be able to enjoy outdoors and exercise wherever and whenever they choose to. We encourage you to report to us any incidents of harassment or threatening behaviour, even if you cannot identify the perpetrator,” the spokesman added.

“Anyone who thinks it’s ok to harass and intimidate others should be aware – your behaviour will not be tolerated.”