Police reminding the public to always be vigilant with personal safety

Lethbridge Police continue to investigate after a 25-year-old woman was assaulted early Friday morning and are reminding the public to always be vigilant when it comes to personal safety.

On the morning of September 30, 2016 police and EMS responded to a report of an injured woman who had been located by a passerby along the 2000 block of 6 Avenue South. The woman was transported to hospital with serious injuries and currently remains in critical but stable condition.

Investigation determined the 25-year-old woman was walking eastbound along 6 Avenue South between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. when she was attacked. An extensive neighbourhood canvas was initiated and is currently ongoing, and members of Lethbridge Search and Rescue assisted police with a ground search on Friday. Police have spoken to a number of residents in the area and are working to piece together a complete picture of the woman’s activities and interactions prior to the assault.

Police continue to ask that anyone who may have seen the victim, described as a Caucasian female, approximately 5’3”, 110 lbs. with blonde hair, or any other persons, vehicles or suspicious activity along 6 Avenue South between 13 Street and Mayor Magrath Drive between 6 and 7 a.m. on September 30, to call 403-328-4444. No matter how insignificant your information may seem, we want to talk to you.

Further, anyone in the area with a security camera is also asked to contact police.

To date it has not been determined if this was a targeted or random crime.

“We’re asking people to continue to take all the usual personal safety precautions they normally would and should be taking,” said Staff Sgt. Scott Woods, Criminal Investigation Section. “Day or night, it’s important for everyone to always be vigilant.”

Always be alert, aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts
Use well-lit, well-travelled routes – paths and sidewalks near main roads
Avoid dark, vacant, or isolated areas
Plan your route in advance and let someone know where you are going and when you will be back
Intentionally vary your route if you use it on a regular basis
Do not wear headphones, or at least leave one out so you can hear what’s going on around you
Don’t walk or run alone if possible
Carry a noise-making device, such as an alarm, and use it if you feel you are in danger
If you think someone is following you, look behind you and change your route
Have your house or car key ready so the door can be opened immediately
If you feel you are in danger, run to a well-lit place and yell and cause a commotion as you are running
Carry a cell phone and ensure the battery is charged
Do not be complacent. Always report suspicious activity to police immediately. Call 911 in an emergency.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Staff Sgt. Scott Woods, Criminal Investigation Section, will be available for media interviews today at 2 p.m. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews.