Police are recommending the following safety tips for pathway users:

• Familiarize yourself with the area, and know your route before you travel.

• Stay on designated sidewalks and pathways, and do not venture off into isolated areas.

• When possible, bring a buddy.


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• If traveling alone, tell family or friends where you are going and when you expect to return.

• Stay alert and carry a cellphone.

• Do not wear headphones because they may distract you from your surroundings.

• If a stranger approaches, follows you or makes you feel uncomfortable, turn around, call police and head toward a group of people or a home.

Correction: This story previously reported the incidents occurred in the Village of Oakland Mills. It was the Village of Owen Brown.