On September 2, 2020 the Natchitoches Police Department was made aware of a social media post describing an incident that occurred in the Historic District. The social media post mentioned that an individual was harassed while jogging downtown on August 25, 2020. After looking into this matter the Natchitoches Police Department has determined that it has not received any complaints to substantiate this matter.
With cooler weather moving into Natchitoches next week; below are a few tips on how to stay safe while out and about in our city.
Always be aware and alert of your surroundings.
Plan your route ahead of time and if possible always walk or jog with a friend.
Use well-lit streets and try to avoid dark alleys or roadways.
If a stranger attempts to talk with you continue your walk or jog and do not respond.
Never ask or accept a ride from a stranger.
Consider carrying a noise-making device such as a whistle and use it if you feel you are in danger. In the event of an emergency the sound can scare off a possible attacker and help police locate you.
Carry only what you need. Try to avoid carrying a large amount of cash or wearing flashy and excessive jewelry that can bring attention to yourself.
If possible carry your cellular phone with the Natchitoches Police Department’s phone number programmed into it or dial 911 in the event of an emergency.
We are here to serve you, our citizens and visitors, if you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.