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Eugene Police released a safety alert Monday morning, after a second teenager reported being followed home.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 7:35 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 7:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore -- Eugene Police released a safety alert Monday morning, after a second teenager reported being followed home.

Police say a 15-year-old girl was followed when she got off a bus this weekend in south Eugene. This is the second time teen has reported being followed home just this month.

Police said a man got off the bus at the same time as the teen, on Fox Hollow Road on Saturday.

The girl said he walked behind her and followed her down a Private Driveway, but walked away when neighbors showed up.

The man's described as white, in his 30's and 5'7" to 5'9". He's either bald or has short hair.

Earlier this month, police say a 13-year-old girl was also followed home, but from Kelly Middle School. Police tell KEZI that this type of behavior is very concerning and that's why they wanted to share some general tips on personal safety.

Police said the two biggest tips are being alert and to not let someone into your personal space.

"People should always be aware of their surroundings whenever they're out and about. That's always going to be a good practice. If somebody is going to do you harm, obviously, they're looking for someone who isn't aware...they're looking for someone they can have some good concealment with," said Debbie Janecek, the Acting Supervisor for Crime Prevention with Eugene Police.

She tells me the teenagers did the right thing by calling police. She says if you ever feel like you're being followed or if you feel like you're in danger, call 911.

Now that it gets darker earlier in the day, she said if you're out walking to make sure to have a light source with you, whether that be a flashlight or even the light from your phone.

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