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Senators urged to travel in pairs at night

State Senators on Thursday were urged to travel in pairs while walking in Annapolis at night.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. urged the other 46 senators and pages who work in the chamber to buddy up when walking at night after concerns about the safety of the area around the State House and government office campus. Annapolis Statehouse LightMF

“It’s been brought to our attention that there have been a couple of incidents around the complex in terms of people being accosted,” Miller said. “This is not a college campus, this is a city. We have a responsibility for our pages, we have a responsibility for our interns and everybody needs to look out for everybody else, OK? People can’t just walk around the streets late at night and think things aren’t going to happen.”

Miller said no formal reports had been filed with the Maryland State Police, saying the incidents he was referring to were “nothing serious.”

“Just keep an eye out,” he said. “We have a responsibility for everybody down here. Keep your eye out. Make sure people don’t walk alone at night here in the city.”

It was not immediately known if similar warnings had been provided to the 141 members of the House of Delegates.

The warning from Miller came after Sen. Johnny Ray Salling, R-Baltimore County, brought an incident to Miller’s attention.

In an interview, Salling said lawmakers walking along West Road and Church Circle, within eyesight of the State House, encountered a couple who appeared out of nowhere. The couple then began to fight and the woman threw at least two bottles at her male companion.

“People are being approached by homeless people — there’s more now than before — and people tell me they feel uneasy,” said Salling, who said there is also a perception that crime in Annapolis is more prevalent. “There’s a lot going on down here.”

Salling said he has escorted a number of his female colleagues in recent days who have felt uncomfortable traveling alone.

“People are just not comfortable like they used to be,” Salling said. “So now they’re walking around in twos and not by themselves.”

A spokeswoman for the Annapolis Police Department was not immediately available.

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  1. West Road?