Stay alert, say North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, after report of suspicious man

Police picked up and questioned a man last Friday evening after a peeping tom was reported in the neighbourhood around Somenos and Moorfield roads in North Cowichan.

The man, described as East Indian, 5-foot-9 and slender and wearing a white baseball cap, white sweatpants and a dark-coloured hoodie, was alleged to be peering into the windows of a residence, which spooked the lone occupant. The man was released without charges after questioning.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are reminding citizens to always be aware of their surroundings, both at home and out in the community.

"Sometimes we get comfortable in our familiar surroundings and let our guard down," Cpl. Krista Hobday said. "You don’t know what another’s intentions are and it is best to be alert and prepared for anything."

Residents are advised to call the police about any suspicious behaviour in others, especially that involving "stalking or criminal harassment-type actions."

"If you are out and enjoying this warm weather, walk with a friend, stay in lit areas, let someone know your intended route if walking alone and what time you can be expected home," Hobday said. "If you are home, lock your doors and leave outside lights on if expecting a loved one who is arriving after dark."