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Durham residents march against crime on Tobacco Trail

Posted August 28, 2012
Updated August 29, 2012

— About two dozen Durham residents walked, jogged and biked Tuesday evening along the American Tobacco Trail in an effort to combat crime on the trail.

So far this year, 11 crimes have been reported on the 7½ miles of the trail that run through Durham – six assaults, four robberies and one case of indecent exposure.

In 2011, five robberies, two assaults and six cases of indecent exposure were reported on the Durham portion of the trail.

"It's a great resource for Durham, and it would be a real shame if it got to a point where people didn't feel safe using it anymore," said Drew Cummings, who jogged as part of the Take Back the Trail event.

Some Durham residents who live near the trail have written to Durham City Council members and other officials about recent crime on the trail, and many said they no longer use it.

The Durham Police Department has increased patrols in the area – both undercover and uniformed officers on foot and on bicycles – and is getting some all-terrain vehicles to help with the patrols. The department also is considering installing surveillance cameras along the trail.

Police said that it's impossible for officers to be everywhere on the trail, so they have asked for the public's help to fight crime there.

Take Back the Trail events are scheduled for every Tuesday evening over the next month.

American Tobacco Trail Tobacco Trail crime prompts response from Durham residents

"The community is determined to make it a safe place for individuals to spend time and participate," jogger Dan Hudgins said.

Police recommend that people go on the trail in pairs, avoid groups that are loitering in the area and carry cellphones to report suspicious activity.

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  • changeyourownlife Aug 30, 11:46 a.m.

    two things: it seems that merely 'considering' surveillance equipment should have happened after the first crime that they couldn't solve and should now be up and running after the rest of the crimes happened...camera surveillance that is easy to see by EVERYONE should've happened after they realized there was a problem...

    also, to everyone who's saying to bring a gun w/ you---for the most part, victims have reported groups of teenagers throwing stuff and trying to trip them--sounds less like career criminals and more like hormonal boys that are trying to show off in front of their friends.... why don't we try mace before somebody accidentally kills some stupid, unarmed teenager and then ends up getting castrated by the media/naacp like george zimmerman

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 29, 5:03 p.m.

    It still goes back to being the parent's faults. Then the justices system and it revolving door policy. Last is the goverment doing all it can to remove any sense of moral judgement.

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 29, 4:58 p.m.

    So many of our fellow human beings have nothing,nowhere to go,nothing to eat,and no opportunities and are just thrown away and put in jail.We are living with the what comes around goes around Karma thing.

    Education is part of it but I would blame poor parenting more than anything. Another flaw in our free money society.

  • ICTrue Aug 29, 4:07 p.m.

    "So many of our fellow human beings have nothing,nowhere to go,nothing to eat,and no opportunities and are just thrown away and put in jail."

    Those are all choices of those individual "fellow human beings"....and I use that phrase lightly.

  • puzzled Aug 29, 3:56 p.m.

    If we had a better educational system there wouldn't be so much crime in the 1st place,So many of our fellow human beings have nothing,nowhere to go,nothing to eat,and no opportunities and are just thrown away and put in jail.We are living with the what comes around goes around Karma thing.
    mramorak
    August 29, 2012 11:03 a.m.
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    WOW! I don't even know what else to say. Blame everyone but the criminal. WOW!

  • ICTrue Aug 29, 3:42 p.m.

    They could always try the urban archery approach to control the (insert word you can't say here) population. Like the article about Wake Forest and the deer population right below this one.

  • ICTrue Aug 29, 3:30 p.m.

    "Yes - that is the answer to everything - bring a gun with you when you run - geez - how ridiculous"

    You don't have to carry it with you every time you run, if you feel lucky. You only have to shoot a couple and the place will be much safer for a while. They do have short memories though, so you'll have to do it every couple of months or so.

  • technetium9 Aug 29, 1:57 p.m.

    Video camera's on a nature trail, can the Durham PD get any more clueless. need just a couple of frail looking joggers to take out a couple of these preditors and the crime will stop fast.

  • ncouterbanks69 Aug 29, 1:40 p.m.

    Yes - that is the answer to everything - bring a gun with you when you run - geez - how ridiculous. How about running in groups and trying other solutions first before you prepare yourself for such a violent response? "If only everybody had guns, the world would be a safer place." - Not!!! More "accidental deaths" and more violence - a great answer....

    Yes I am sure the violent criminals in the country are going to comply so we should to right? Please

  • exador7 Aug 29, 1:01 p.m.

    They arent going to do anything. They're just going to let things go like they want to go... Cause they are ignorant.

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