VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — In the wake of a pair of suspicious incidents involving men following women in the Mount Pleasant area this week, residents have decided to do something about it with a safe walk program.
The Mount Pleasant Safe Walk is a volunteer-run program that is set to launch on Monday pushing for a safer community.
A flyer posted on their social media states that if you’re feeling unsafe or uneasy about getting home you can call them and someone will walk you there.
They are hoping to be active every day of the week.
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Flyers going out tomorrow to restaurants, cafes, and businesses in the neighbourhood. If you own a business or know of one who will display one of these please let us know. Full instructions on how the program will run coming soon! Also we are still looking for more volunteers, if interested please click the link in bio.
The safe walk program comes as one woman was walking near Main Street and 5th Avenue and says a man in a silver vehicle approached her asking to make a phone call.
In another case, a woman walking her dog says she was followed by two men and their behaviour is being described as suspicious by the Vancouver Police.
Earlier this week, Const. Tania Visintin told NEWS 1130 the sex crimes unit is also looking into this but said she wants residents in the area to stay alert.
“That’s to start. Not to say that it can’t escalate, and it might escalate,” she said.
“We don’t want to instill fear, but we want people to remain vigilant and your gut is the best indicator of something going wrong.”
The man in the vehicle is described as white, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a slim build.
“And of course, our officers will remain in the area looking for possible suspects looking for the description given by those victims,” Visintin said.
Meanwhile, the safety program organizers have shut down the volunteer sign up as they are currently vetting and organizing current applicants.