Police monitor Hamilton trails after 2 women touched by male cyclist

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Published August 26, 2022 at 2:53 pm

Police monitoring Hamilton trails after 2 women touched by male cyclist
Hamilton Police will increase patrols at Hamilton trails this weekend after two women reported being touched by a male cyclist Thursday afternoon. (McMaster University photo)

Hamilton trail users can expect a heavier police presence this weekend. The service says it will increase patrols after two women reported being touched by a male cyclist Thursday afternoon.

The two women were touched in separate incidents on Chedoke Trail near the golf course and say they were touched by the male as he rode by.

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Police believe the two incidents are connected; however, they would not confirm whether the suspect was involved in other instances of sexual assault on Hamilton trails.

Several sexual assault incidents have been reported on Hamilton trails this summer, causing police to increase their presence.

Hamilton Police provided the following tips for trail users:

  • Use the trails with a partner when possible
  • Tell someone the route you are taking and the anticipated length of time you will be gone
  • Avoid poorly lit paths or using the trails when it is dark
  • Stick to populated paths
  • Carry a cellphone or personal alarm device
  • Do not use headphones
  • If you are confronted, be loud and shout for help
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