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  • btneast Oct 8, 2:30 p.m.

    1. Carry your cell phone

    Lol, so you can narrate the assualt to the 911 operator as it is going down? By the time you get connected with 911 and describe the problem and your location, the assault will be over.

  • btneast Oct 8, 2:28 p.m.

    Oh wait that wouldn't cost as much as that spiffy golf cart.. What was I thinking....

    Maybe not thinking at all. 8-10 officers would cost WAY more than the ATV. The ATV does allow for officers to repsnd faster to a call for help. You can't put a patrol car out there, so an ATV is quicker than running or biking in most cases.

  • btneast Oct 8, 2:24 p.m.

    Why the officers rode in tandem rather than spreading out was baffling?

    ...For their own personal safety, not baffling at all.

  • fishon Oct 8, 1:48 p.m.

    the bicycles are better in that they could silently come upon someone. Why the officers rode in tandem rather than spreading out was baffling?
    djofralei

    Safer for them? BTW, if concealed carry is prohibited and we don't need it why do the cops carry their guns?

  • torchhappysean Oct 8, 1:33 p.m.

    Just what is this high priced golf cart going to accomplish??Here's a thought: Try putting 8 or 10 officers WALKING the ATT and see if crime doesnt drop!!!Oh wait that wouldn't cost as much as that spiffy golf cart.. What was I thinking....

  • workinghuman33 Oct 8, 10:53 a.m.

    Good job LEO's! Some of these posts crack me up! Do you want police enforcement or not? Complain, complain...then they FINALLY do something to patrol the area and Debbie Downer comments "oh that won't work". Darned if they do and darned if they don't.

  • lowepg Oct 8, 10:01 a.m.

    Lol- this wont do anything.... Predict 10 days till next assault reported.... If they even keep reporting them in the news...

  • CarolinaCakeMob Oct 8, 9:25 a.m.

    Police can't be everywhere at all times people; they've pretty much placed the keys to safety on the ATT (and everywhere, for that matter) in our laps.

    1. Carry your cell phone
    2. Walk/run/bike in pairs/groups
    3. Stay Alert

    The rest is up to us.

  • johnny2times Oct 5, 7:54 p.m.

    So people were complaining about wanting more patrols....the cops step it up and now your all complaining yet again....unreal.

  • johnny2times Oct 5, 7:53 p.m.

    Cops should be peddling not 4 wheeling

    itom68
    October 5, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    They are...Just because the story doesn't say its happening, doen't mean its not happening...

  • lessismore Oct 5, 7:37 p.m.

    Good job letting the criminals know...... When will the 4-wheelers be leaving....announce that and the criminals will return.

  • Nancy Oct 5, 7:27 p.m.

    Why not cameras? Seems to me with all the trees, pretty easy to hide cameras. My neighbor has a wireless camera he uses in a tree to track the deer on our property. He watches them on his computer at home. Surely there are systems available that would work for this purpose to have video of what is going on in known trouble areas of the trail.

  • bombayrunner Oct 5, 7:04 p.m.

    they were already patrolling, and trying to impress with their throwing our money at the problem. CCW is the only answer. Who is responsible for my safety --> ME.

  • RKBA Oct 5, 6:46 p.m.

    Someone should be answering why law abiding citizens are being who helped PAY for this trail are being denied the ability to defend themselves via concealed carry, while the PD continues to demonstrate a lack of interest or ability to make it safe.

  • RKBA Oct 5, 6:43 p.m.

    Gee what a concept! Police patrolling!

  • itom68 Oct 5, 6:11 p.m.

    Cops should be peddling not 4 wheeling

  • Run4orest Oct 5, 6:09 p.m.

    This is a serious enough issue, but it's starting to get blown out of proportion. I've used the Durham section of the ATT for years without incident, sometimes running or biking alone and sometimes going out in groups- and at all hours. I've even gone through the worst stretch around the bad Fayetteville road interesection... at night! I personally know a good many people who use the trail as much or more than me, and none of them have been assaulted on it.

    Everyone should just be more aware and exercise caution. People going alone should bring pepper spray with them if they feel they may need it, or they should just never go alone. I'm glad the police are patroling it more, but some level of crime will always happen. For now they should just be allowed to do their rounds without being told they aren't doing their jobs.

    Seriously, living in fear and being cynical is no way to live, let alone to solve a problem!

  • djofraleigh Oct 5, 5:39 p.m.

    the bicycles are better in that they could silently come upon someone. Why the officers rode in tandem rather than spreading out was baffling?

  • NCrunninggal Oct 5, 5:30 p.m.

    It's NOT safe. PLEASE stop thinking that 1 ATM can cover a 7.5 mile stretch at any given point in time. How foolish.

    Get the American Tobaccco Complex businesses and the Durham Bulls franchise involved in raising $$$ to install the surveillance cameras.

    When the attacks KEEP occuring within 1-2 days of an "American Tobacco Trail is safe" event with town council and other dignitaries it says LOUD and CLEAR to me... that the American Tobacco Trail is NOT SAFE.

  • sinenomine Oct 5, 5:16 p.m.

    I suppose one could say that the Raleigh Greenway is also a "target rich environment full of defenseless victims" but I've never encountered any trouble on the parts I frequent, unless you count the people who think it's their private dog park and that the leash laws don't apply to them. On the other hand I'd be frightened to use the American Tobacco Trail.

    Incidentally, the story doesn't say that the ATVs are new, just that they are a "new tool" which could mean that the police department already owned them but that they are just now going to be deployed on the trail. Perhaps this could be clarified, WRAL, in a future update to the story.

  • NCHighlander Oct 5, 5:08 p.m.

    "When they conceived and built this trail you cannot tell me somebody didn't see this opportunity for criminals being built. A target rich environment full of defenseless victims. Oh well..."

    Titus the military calls that situational awareness and unfortunately it's a rare commodity today.

  • Alexia Oct 5, 5:04 p.m.

    "Police want Durham residents to know the trail is safe", Borges said

    But it's NOT safe. That's the whole reason for the ATVs. That's why we have had so many assaults on the trail. There's really no solution so long as there are low-life criminals accessing the trail.

  • Titus Pullo Oct 5, 4:44 p.m.

    so the first idea the police have is to spend several thousand dollars buying ATVs. I don't think this makes the trail any safer, just easier for the police to ride around. Oh well....

    When they conceived and built this trail you cannot tell me somebody didn't see this opportunity for criminals being built. A target rich environment full of defenseless victims. Oh well...

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