Advocate editorial board opinion: Use your best judgment in our parks, on trails

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:09 a.m.

Because of the seriousness of the crime rape, we want to re-emphasize some safety measures that will be useful if you use the hike and bike trail after dark. Or, for that matter, anytime you use the trail or city parks.

Unfortunately, going off daylight saving time means dark comes "earlier." By the time most people get off from work, it is already dark. That creates a dilemma for those wanting to suit up and walk or run the trail to relax, stay fit or release stress.

Let's not let criminals ruin our trails or parks that were built for our use and pleasure. The recreational areas belong to us, and we should not give them up. Instead, let's become more aware of our surroundings, be more cautious and more prepared.

As Victoria Police Chief Jeff Craig said, stay on the trail or lit areas and don't veer away from them.

Also, take a friend or group with you when you use the trail or parks. Perhaps you could form a group to exercise with regularly. With your friends, you are safer and apt to have more fun.

And always have your cell phone handy for emergencies.

Keep the police department's phone number in your contact numbers. Remember, the emergency 9-1-1 number is easy to call in case you feel threatened. Use your best judgment of your surroundings. If it feels weird, go back.

We know our police are actively pursuing the two perpetrators in Saturday night's rape.

We have confidence that the suspects will be caught and brought to justice.

In the meantime, all of us should practice caution while enjoying our trails and parks.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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