Baltimore County Police remind children and their parents to be aware of their surroundings while out and about.

Parents, we don’t want to scare children but we do want them to be safe when they are away from the safety of their homes. Have a talk with your children about “stranger danger.” Unfortunately, there are those who don’t have the best interests of the children and stalk them. This means following them in cars or on foot.

Remind children to walk closer to the inside of the sidewalk or road. Advise them to walk with others in a group. Tell them not to talk to anyone who drives by and asks them questions such as “Could you help me find my puppy?” This is a common lure that can engage a child. Tell them to run, scream and find a safe place. Those places could be a neighbor’s house, a store, a fire station or police station.

Children do not have to be polite when someone is trying to stop them.