Flasher Strikes at Florence Park

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With warmer weather here, people are running and walking at numerous area parks.

But after an incident involving a woman walking alone in a secluded area of Diebert Park and a flasher, city leaders want to alert residents.

"We think, and we certainly hope that this is an isolated incident. We did have the episodes last year, but that person was caught and that was taken care of," City of Florence Spokesperson Phil Stevenson says.

According to authorities, the man came up behind the woman while she was walking, and when she turned around the man exposed himself.

City leaders say residents should feel safe at area parks, but they ask you stay aware of your surroundings.

"Just be aware, if possible, walk in pairs or be sensible about things. If you see anybody unsavory, and you have your cellphone with you, and most folks do, call up the police department and let them know," says Stevenson.

And as temperatures continue to rise, police have a few tips to help keep people safe. Officers say to never chase after a perpetrator. Also, if you’re approached, make as much noise as possible to get the attention of anyone in the area. And officers stress, if you ever feel threatened, use your cell phone to call 9-1-1.

Florence city leaders say they will be beefing up patrols to help curb any potential crimes against residents.