Western Oregon law enforcement aware of 'creepy clown' sightings
EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Police Department says it’s heard concerns from the public about the recent reports of “creepy clown” sightings in Oregon.
Police would like the public to know they’re aware of the information online.
They would like to reassure residents that they have not received information to suggest there is a credible threat in Eugene.
However, they would like to remind everyone of the following general personal safety tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times
- Do not get into someone’s car even if they display a weapon. It is better to fight back in the street where help is closer at hand and other people may hear your calls for help.
- Walk confidently and don’t avoid eye contact
- Don’t let strangers into your ‘space.’ Keep plenty of distance between yourself and people you don’t wish to approach you.
- Don’t stop to talk with strangers asking for directions or other types of help as this can be a ploy to get close for an attack.
- If you feel you are in danger or being followed, call 9-1-1
- If grabbed, fight back and make as much noise as possible.
- Use the buddy system when walking after dark. You should know the person you are walking with well enough to trust them.
- Walk in lighted areas as much as possible and don’t walk too close to bushes, alleyways or other places where attackers can conceal themselves
Roseburg officials have also heard concerning reports of men dressed as clowns.
Monday morning, two Roseburg High School students reported seeing two men dressed in clown suits at a bus stop in the Green District.
The incident put school staff, bus drivers, and law enforcement on the lookout for any activity that could threaten student safety, Roseburg Public Schools Superintendent Gerry Washburn said.
As of Tuesday, investigators have not been able to substantiate the claim, but police will continue to patrol the area.
School officials say Monday’s report is the sole incident so far in Roseburg connected to the clown sightings across the state.