Hamilton Police Remind Residents to Lock Doors and Windows

Hamilton Police are reminding the public to be vigilant about locking doors and securing windows after similar break and enters in the Westdale area. In two instances, women woke up to find an unknown male in their room.

On August 3, 2018, at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 21-year-old female awoke to an unknown person in her room. The suspect gained entry through a second story window where the suspect proceeded to sexually assault the victim. The suspect fled when the victim screamed for assistance.

On August 28th, 2018, at approximately 6:15 a.m., an adult female woke up to find an unknown male opening the door to her room. The suspect gained entry through an unlocked front door. The suspect also fled when the victim screamed for assistance.

Police continue to investigate these two incidents. At this time it is too early to link the cases, although there are similarities. The suspect in each incident was able to get away before the victims could provide a description.

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity in the area to Hamilton Police at 905-546-4861, McMaster Security Dispatch at 905-525-9140 ext.24281 or 911 for a crime in progress. Doors and windows that are easily accessible should be locked and secured.

If you have any information you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime, please call (905) 540-5545.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

There is no guaranteed way to prevent a sexual assault. Sharing the details of this assault is intended to provide the community information, and people are encouraged to trust their instincts. For confidential support, please call the Sexual Assault Centre's 24-hour support line at (905)525-4162; connect at www.sacha.ca, the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at www.hhsc.ca/sadv or the Centre de santé communautaire www.cschn.ca.