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.
• 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.