NAMPA - Police in Nampa are warning residents to resist the urge to jump on the creepy clown phenomenon that's been sweeping the country in recent months.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the department said they have received reports of clown sightings in Nampa and are taking precautions, but "the large number of Nampa residents who are out looking for the clowns is making this more difficult to deal with."

Reports of clown sightings have emerged in a dozen states in recent months, putting many people on edge. According to USA Today, some schools in Cincinnati, Ohio closed on Friday because a woman reported being attacked by a male dressed as a clown. Other cases involved reports of clowns trying to lure children into the woods.

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In the vast majority of the reports, police are unable to find the reported clown, and there often is no crime committed.

The phenomenon recently arrived in Idaho with reports of clown sightings in north and southern Idaho.