Police offer tips for being safe while using public parks

SUWANEE - The woman who reported an attempted assault at Suwanee Creek Park on Tuesday night is physically fine, just a bit shaken up, police said.

But the incident serves as a reminder that danger can lurk in even the seemingly safest of places.

"This is our first incident on the Greenway system in its 15-year history, and Suwanee is a very safe place generally," Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said. "But it is very important (to remain vigilant); It seems that people who perpetrate these types of crimes are opportunists and the best way to thwart them is not present them with an opportunity."

Suwanee police offered several safety tips for using public parks.

· Do not use the Greenway after dark.

· Carry pepper spray and your cell phone with you.

· Refrain from using iPods or other MP3 players, or at minimum keep the volume down low so that you can hear what's going on around you.

· Be aware of your surroundings - your location on the Greenway, people around you and trail conditions.

· Let someone know where you're going (and specifically your planned route along the trail) and when you expect to return.

· Report any suspicious individuals or activities to the Suwanee Police Department.

Sgt. Shane Edmisten is heading the investigation of Tuesday's incident. He said the only description police have at this point is a man of unknown race about 6 feet tall wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt, long pants and a dark-colored baseball cap.

Authorities are asking anyone with information, or who may have seen someone matching this description, to call Edmisten at 770-945-8995.