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Largo, Florida -- Recent problems on the Pinellas Trail have police stepping up patrols and increasing security measures.

On Wednesday, local law enforcement met with a group of volunteer rangers that are working to make the trail as safe as possible.

This action comes after three incidents over the past month have left those on the trail feeling unsafe.

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The volunteer rangers will monitor the trail in hopes that increased security measures will make the crime stop.

"One tool we are using for trail security is an ASV, or armed surveillance vehicle. We can record activity going on in that area," says Ron Wolfson with the St. Pete Police Department.

They are also installing new ballards which are removable poles that allow emergency vehicles to get to parts of the trails easier.

"Ballards are operating. Many are out there and we'll make more like that," says Wolfson.

Many of the volunteer rangers voiced their concerns about safety and said adding permanent cameras and more patrol would be nice. Police said it's something they are looking into.

Law enforcement also made it clear that everyone should be eyes and ears for police. If anyone on the trail sees something that doesn't seem right, they shouldn't hesitate to call the police.

They also have a list of safety tips for anyone out on the trail.

Pinellas Trail Safety Tips:

  • Let someone know the trail area you will be in and when you expect to return.
  • Ensure that you have a fully charged phone for emergency situations.
  • Travel with someone or in groups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and location at all times.
  • Avoid wearing headphones, texting or other distractions. State Statue 316.304 prohibits wearing headphones while riding a bicycle.
  • Vary your time and routes. Do not develop patterns that can be easily figured out by potential suspects.
  • Plan your trip around times when you can expect others will be on the trail.
  • Avoid tunnel vision. Scan the area ahead of you, looking for suspicious people or debris on the trail.
  • If you identify suspicious activity, change course, move to a public location and call the police if necessary.
  • Carry only what you need, but be sure to carry identification, cellular phone, or other noise maker.
  • Be aware. Stay alert and use good judgment.
  • Trust your instincts. They are usually right.
  • Do not independently involve yourself in an attempt to stop illegal activity.
  • Be prepared to give your exact location and describe what you saw.
  • Give accurate and complete descriptions of people or vehicles involved.
  • Discreetly get a vehicle tag number when possible.
  • Discreetly, very discreetly take a photo or video is possible.
  • Do not use the trail at night. All county, including the Pinellas Trail are closed after dark.

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