- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - Leesburg police are offering runners tips to help keep them safe after two women were attacked this week while running in Loudoun County.

Radio station WTOP (https://bit.ly/1G9rJRy ) reports Leesburg police are encouraging runners to be aware of their surroundings. Police say runners should run with a companion and should tell someone where they are running and when they should be back. Police say runners should run or jog in a familiar area that is well-lit and vary the route they take.

Police also say that runners, especially those jogging alone, should skip the earphones so that they can hear their surroundings and notice someone that they don’t see. Police are also urging runners to carry a cell phone for emergencies as well as a whistle or personal alarm device.

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