At last – this statement released by West Midlands Police at 6:30am. my criticism in the last post still stands.
POLICE IN WALSALL are investigating a series of indecent exposures and are urging the public to come forward with information.
Since the Wednesday 1 March, there have been 13 reports of a man exposing himself to women in areas such as Aldridge, Brownhills and Walsall Wood.
At no time has the man exposing himself made physical contact with any of his victims.
Despite the – as yet unexplained – rise in this type of crime, officers are urging locals not to be unduly alarmed and remember that offences of this nature remain extremely rare.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Reilly, from Walsall police, said: “Despite the small but significant rise in these crimes, offences of this nature are rare and it is worth remembering that at no time has the man exposing himself touched his victims.
“That said, we are treating these incidents extremely seriously and are urging the public to help by contacting us if they have any information which may identify the man responsible.”
A host of measures are in place and officers have increased both high visibility and plain clothed patrols in areas where crimes have been reported.
And while victims range from teenagers to pensioners, officers have been sharing safety advice with schools to reassure worried parents.
Anyone with information on the person responsible should call police on 101.
For advice on staying safe when out, visit: www.safer-streets.org