Police warning for local female joggers
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Both Chattanooga and Red Bank Police tonight are warning female joggers about suspicious activity.
Over the last couple of weeks, they have gotten reports of a suspicious man trying to engage with female joggers as they were finishing their runs.
They happened in the Red Bank and Hixson areas in the early morning.
In one incident, the man was traveling on foot.. in the other he was driving a white van.
Officers don’t have a detailed description because the women say he surprises them and then quickly takes off.
CPD & RPD remind joggers being aware of your surroundings is the best way to protect yourself. Other safety reminders:
- 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 cell phone
- 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.
CPD and RPD encourage anyone to report suspicious or possibly threatening situations by calling 423-698-2525 or 911.