02/10/2015 04:46 EST | Updated 04/12/2015 05:59 EDT

Nail trap found near Steveston Secondary School

A nail trap found in a field close to Steveston Secondary School on Sunday appears to have been designed to injure people or animals, Richmond RCMP said Tuesday.

The device was made from a plastic base, to which nails were attached to stand straight up. It measured 40 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm.

"It was purposely concealed with grass and placed in a busy foot traffic area," Dennis Hwang of the Richmond RCMP said in a statement.

"It’s the safety of the people and pets that use this area that concerns us. If you come across any similar traps in any schools or parks, please contact police. Do not remove or disturb the trap."