An increase in indecent acts in the river valley has prompted a response from police and the parks department in Lethbridge, Alta., including trimming trees, brush and branches to deter amorous offenders.

Couples engaging in indecent acts near the Elks Compound have become a chronic problem over the past few months, Lethbridge Police Service said in a news release Thursday.

"Sex acts are occurring in green spaces, in view of other citizens lawfully using the park," the statement said.

"These acts have been observed and reported by members of the public as well as officers conducting routine patrols."

Only warnings so far

Police say they are attempting to deter the indecent activity through increased patrols and by removing trees, brush and branches in the frequented area.

"To date, police have issued warnings to offenders caught engaging in indecent activity, but police are advising that criminal charges are possible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis," the statement said.

Police are asking anyone who observes suspicious activity, including lewd conduct, in the river valley or anywhere else in the city, to contact the Public Safety Communications Centre at 403-328-4444.

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