The Baltimore County Police Department is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding two incidents that occurred in the Lansdowne area this week. Detectives are looking into whether the cases are connected.
On Wednesday a Lansdowne High School student reported that while she was walking to school over the footbridge, near Twin Circle Way she was assaulted by an unknown person. She was able to get to school and report what happened.
On November 1, a middle school student reported a male subject exposing himself. Since the initial report, the Baltimore County Police Department has assigned additional officers to the Lansdowne area to ensure the safety of students.
The department is also working closely with the Baltimore County Public School System to address community concerns and provide resources.
Families are being asked to speak with students about safety practices as they travel to and from school. The following are important tips to reiterate with your child(ren):
Always tell a responsible adult where you are going.
Try not to walk anywhere alone. Walk with a friend or a group.
Don’t take shortcuts through the woods, a back street or empty lot.
Do not share personal information with strangers – in person, over the phone, through text messages, on gaming platforms, or on any other electronic communications.
Pay attention to your surroundings when walking home. Avoid distractions and make sure you can hear what is happening around you.
If approached by someone you don’t know, run to safety.
Know safe places you can go – a police or fire station, the library, a store, or a friend’s house.
If a stranger follows you or grabs for you, yell loud! Shout, “I don’t know you!” Fight back and make as much noise as you can.
Tell your parents about places you don’t feel safe.
Please remember to contact the police (call 911) if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.