Downtown Fernie. File photo

Downtown Fernie. File photo

RCMP search for man exposing himself in Fernie’s downtown core

Elk Valley RCMP is investigating a report of a man exposing himself in Fernie’s downtown core.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Monday, an office worker contacted police after witnessing a man exposing himself in the business district. Officers searched for the man in question but were unable to locate him.

RCMP are also investigating another recently reported incident which police believe was committed by the same suspect.

Elk Valley RCMP would like the residents of Fernie to be aware of their surroundings and report any similar activity to the police immediately by calling 9-1-1.

In other news, Elk Valley RCMP continues to receive reports of people trying vehicle door handles throughout the night in all neighbourhoods of Fernie. Whether it is to steal items from inside the vehicle or the vehicle itself, police again want to remind residents and visitors to Fernie to lock all vehicles, keep valuables out of sight, and do not leave keys with the vehicle.

“Follow these simple tips to help safeguard your possessions this holiday season,” said RCMP Corporal Dan Hay.

Hay explained that the holiday season is a busy time for everyone, but it also provides increased opportunities for thieves.

As of December 18, new impaired driving laws have come into effect. Elk Valley RCMP will be focussing on impaired driving enforcement this season but the best way to avoid being caught is to not drive at all after consuming any liquor or drugs.

“Play it safe and use a sober designated driver or utilize the local taxi services, public bus, or shuttle bus,” said Hay.