Area police are offering safety tips for area joggers after reports of suspicious activity.
“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our community members, the Chattanooga Police Department and Red Bank Police Department are issuing a warning of suspicious activity involving joggers,” according to a news release.
In the past two weeks, both agencies have gotten reports about a “suspicious man approaching and attempting to engage with female joggers” toward the end of their runs.
According to a news release from CPD:
Based on the information both departments received, the suspect appears to be a black male who’s targeting females jogging in the Red Bank/Hixson area during the early morning hours.
In one incident, the suspicious man was traveling on foot, in the other incident, the man was driving a white van.
Officers do not have a more detailed description of the suspect because he surprises the victims and quickly takes off.
Police said joggers should remain aware of their surroundings.
Other safety reminders include:
- Jog in pairs or in a group
- Do not jog or run in a heavily wooded, poorly lighted or secluded area
- Do not wear earbuds
- Do not run after dark
- Do not jog or run near bushes which can provide concealment
- Vary your route
- Carry a cellphone
- Be mindful of people passing you
Both agencies are warning the jogging community to be vigilant even though a crime was not committed in either of these incidents. Officials encourage anyone to report suspicious or possibly threatening situations by calling 423-698-2525 or 911.