There were three instances of unknown individuals approaching children in that area.
Frederick, Md. (KM) – Frederick Police say they’re increasing patrols in the Hillcrest area due to three reports of unknown individuals approaching school children. Authorities says they’ve investigated these reports, but have not been able to establish if a crime has been committed.
Authorities say they are working with Frederick County Public Schools to make sure all students are safe.
For everyone’s safety, police urge children to take a direct route to and from school and follow it consistently. Young children should be accompanied by adults when possible, and kids and adults should refrain from using electronic devices or headphones while walking.
Officers say obey all traffic laws, walk with a buddy and wear bright clothing.
Don’t provide any information to strangers about yourself and your school, and never accept rides from strangers or people you don’t know without your parents’ permission. If a motorist stops to ask questions, do not approach their vehicles.
And if someone calls or approaches you and it makes you feel uncomfortable, quickly find the closest adult you trust and tell them what happened.
Any suspicious activity or behavior should be reported to Frederick Police by calling the non-emergency line at 301-600-2102. If you want to leave information anonymously to Frederick Police, call the Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by text message to 240-674-TIPS (8477).
By Kevin McManus