Following Sunday’s serious assault of a 53-year old Surrey resident, the Surrey RCMP are warning Surrey residents to be extra vigilant.
On December 29, 2013 at approximately 9:30 pm, BC Ambulance, Surrey Fire Department and the Surrey RCMP attended to the parking lot outside of the Newton Arena at 7120 136b Street in Surrey to the report of an unconscious female in the parking lot.
The investigation revealed a female had been attacked and suffered serious injuries and is not expected to survive.
The following day, December 30, 2013, IHIT took conduct of the investigation. This investigation has similarities to an assault on a female that occurred in the same area on December 16, 2013.
Surrey RCMP continue to investigate this previous incident and although the motive appears similar these two occurrences have not definitively been linked.
Due to the circumstances of this tragic incident, we are asking the public to be extra vigilant,says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.
It is important that people are aware of their surroundings when they are out and that they keep their valuables concealed. Walk with a friend whenever possible, particularly after dark.
Surrey RCMP offers the following reminders to residents:
If you are walking alone:
- Be Aware- Know your surroundings and remove your headphones.
- Trust Your Instincts-If something does not feel right, remove yourself from the situation.
- Walk with Confidence-Keep your head up and know where you are going.
- Only Essentials-Carry only the necessary identification, money, or cards that you need.
- Keep in Touch-Bring your cell phone so you can make emergency calls.
- Stay Visible-Stay in well-lit areas and don’t wear dark clothes at night.
- Keys Ready-Have your car or house keys ready before you reach the door.
Minimize your risk:
- Don’t carry large bags or purses
- Don’t carry large amounts of cash
- Don’t carry important documents like a passport or birth certificate
- Don’t make your valuables visible
If you are approached:
If you are approached and verbally threatened or physically assaulted you can avoid further confrontation, by giving the perpetrator all the property they want. Do not fight back. Never engage in an altercation as it increases your chance of getting physically harmed.
Although it is not essential, try to observe the perpetrator’s shoes, clothing, or visible markings like scars, tattoos or piercings to help the police in later identifying the suspect. When the robbery has ended and the perpetrator has left, call 911 to report the crime.
IHIT is asking anyone with information or who was in the area of the Newton Arena, Newton bus loop and the Newton Wave pool, between 7:00-11:00 p.m., on December 29 and may have seen any suspicious activities, persons, or vehicle to please call the IHIT Tip line at 1-877-551-4448 by email at [email protected]. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at Solvecrime.ca.
Source: Surrey RCMP | Image: Sex offender and stalker / Shutterstock