RPD, CHP to Increase Park and Trail Patrols

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In response to the warmer weather and increased use of the City of Redding parks and trail systems, the Redding Police Department will be increasing patrols in these locations.

Recently reported crimes within the parks and trail systems cause residents to become uneasy and greatly concern the Redding Police Department. Redding Police Officers in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol will be patrolling these areas on foot, bicycle and all terrain motorcycles. The Redding Police Department’s Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) will also be focusing their efforts on these locations.

We would also like to offer the following safety tips for those who choose to enjoy outdoor recreation.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Travel in groups, there is truly safety in numbers.
  • Walk confidently.
  • Look people in the eye as you pass them. This lets others know you are aware of their presence.
  • Do not wear head phones while exercising. Being able to hear will allow you to sense someone that you may not be able to see such as a passing cyclist.
  • Lock your vehicle. Do not leave valuables such as purses, wallets, or cell phones inside.
  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • If approached by a stranger, do not allow yourself to be distracted.
  • Have a plan in case of an emergency.
  • If you observe suspicious activity while utilizing these areas please call SHASCOM at (530) 225-4564 (non-emergency) or 911 for emergencies.
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6 Responses

  1. A. Jacoby says:

    Good for or community for being pro-active.

  2. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    I remember a volunteer citizen’s patrol being set up after the Christine Munro murder twenty-two years ago. Is there any such thing going on now?

     

  3. Richard Christoph says:

    I ride that section of the River Trail frequently but informally. The more good citizens that are out and about, the safer for everyone.

  4. Richard Christoph says:

    The recently reported assault/rape “near the ribbon bridge” (but curiously not reported until reaching  2400 Washington Avenue more than 3 miles away) now appears to have never happened. We can hope that our district attorney will charge the claimant under California Penal Code section 148.5, “Filing a False Police Report” which can be either a felony or misdemeanor, and typically includes a fine.

    In addition to needlessly frightening would-be trail users, this apparently false allegation diverted scarce and expensive police resources to the investigation of this bogus claim. A penalty is appropriate.

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