• Do not venture from your property after seven o’clock at night. Carry a can of mace at all times. Wear a helmet with camera and flashlight to deter any would be assailants. Run backward every fifty feet to insure no one is following you. If you see someone suspicious run like hell and scream like a banshee.
    There…that won’t fix the REAL problem but it should make you feel a little safer.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:16 p.m.
  • i don't mean to trivialize the horrible crime, but at what point does all this become an overreaction? one terrible thing happens and suddenly people are asking for many thousands of dollars to be spent on call boxes or golf carts or hiring police to better-patrol the area.

    there's so much reaction to this because it made the paper, but what about the other crimes that only get mentioned in the police blotter? what would happen if we reacted the same way to each one of these crimes? we'd have 2,000 police on the force and one standing at every corner to make sure everyone was absolutely safe and no harm could ever potentially come their way.

    we're dealing with a small sample size. one isolated event isn't enough to indicate a trend. imagine if we were so willing to dump resources into solving an area every single time one crime was committed?

    November 19, 2011 at 2:05 a.m.
  • I feel golf carts would present a very real danger to the walkers and joggers. Unwary walkers have been run into with bicycles by moving into their path at the last second. They just don’t hear them coming up behind them. Horns probably wouldn’t work because many of the joggers use headphones. Children would also be concern; they’re all over the trail. The trail is only eight feet wide (I think) which would make for a tight fit for two walkers side by side and the cart.
    You did hit on something though, and that was asking for volunteers. If several adults could be scheduled to patrol each section of the trail, on foot or by bike, it could make a real difference. All they need is a partner and a cell phone. The need is after dark till about 9 - 10ish. I feel Victoria has a very large volunteer force to draw from. One group that might be helpful is the Civilian Police Academy.
    I walked the trail twice this week and noticed the sections between Ben Jordan and East High are completely deserted at 9:00 pm.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.
  • There is no one tool in a tool box to keeping residents safe. All of these ideas are good but most municipalities are limited by budget.

    Of course making good decisions about activities is the first step. I would hesitate in any community to go out alone at night.

    Golf carts, volunteer patrols, etc. are good tools though may not be as easy to implement because of costs and lack of resources. Call boxes are not dinosaurs. Today’s call box can be installed without any trenching necessary allowing popping them up anywhere. Trails are a very popular location for the boxes. At 9 feet tall they are easy to locate and can be a deterrence to criminals. There is no easy way to circumvent the box. A person who fears harm can activate the box and keep moving or someone else in the area can activate the phone as well. Other people in the area could provide assistance as well when they notice the blue strobe. By calling the call box law enforcement can listen to activity in the area . There is a reason you see them on college campuses they provide a sense of security and actual security when used.

    November 16, 2011 at 3 p.m.
  • if the guy with the tattoo on his face is local his days are numbered before they catch up with him

    November 12, 2011 at 11:51 a.m.
  • The Victoria Police Department released sketches Thursday. It only took four days. Police released few details. Like usual, not much help there.
    jv- good call. Take a box of dounts. So if you witness an event such as this call 911, take notes and wait for the police?
    Heart goes out to the victim.

    November 12, 2011 at 2:50 a.m.
  • My heart goes out to the victim had I been there VPD wouldve needed the jaws of life to remove my hands off there throats!!!

    November 12, 2011 at midnight
  • citizens of victoria if you want more police patrol on the hike & bike trail install donut & coffee boxes get real!!!

    November 11, 2011 at 11:36 p.m.
  • most college campuses use call boxes and they seem to work pretty well there

    November 11, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.
  • At what point was she suppose to use a call box after they hit her on the head or between sexual assaults.

    November 11, 2011 at 3:37 p.m.
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    November 11, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.
  • Women should never run alone anywhere. I run at Memorial Park in Houston and it is always crowded with people running/walking. I think Memorial Park is fine for women to run alone because there will always be someone nearby if you need help. The bike/run trail in Victoria is deserted most of the time. No one is around to hear someone get attacked.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:59 p.m.
  • I have run this trail often and it's true you have to be aware of your surroundings. But it's certainly scary to think about a bunch of trigger happy vigilantes looking to shoot the next person who approaches them. Ladies- buy some pepper spray, if you run with music, keep it low, with only one ear bud in so you can hear what's around you. Run during daylight hours and with a partner. Take care of yourself.

    And the comment about our police force being out of shape is untrue and unfair. And there have been bike patrols and I saw the K-9 there this morning. Police have limited resources. What we need is more officers on patrol.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
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    November 11, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.
  • Call boxes are useless. They will be used to call in every suspicious looking person and waste time and resources and unless a crime happens that allows the victim to use the call box as the crime takes place it they are useless.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:22 a.m.
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    November 11, 2011 at 10:14 a.m.
  • How about some cardio for our police force? Bike on the Hike and Bike Trail? Surely not for Victoria's finest.

    November 11, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.
  • Call boxes??? I sincerely hope not all of the town council thinks like this but they have done too many things in the past that suggests otherwise.

    November 11, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.
  • I think an armed citizen blowing away one or two of these creeps would make this trail a lot safer. Ladies, Smith and Wesson makes a small, light weight revolver that packs a punch. They even come with pink grips and you can get a very fashionable holster.

    November 11, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
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    November 10, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Emergency call boxes will be broken within a week.

    November 10, 2011 at 8:17 p.m.