Depending on the day, hundreds maybe even thousands of people from across the globe flock to Redding's Sundial Bridge and Sacramento River Trail which spans more than 10 miles.
But over the years, there has been some concern about safety on the river trail especially at night.
“I don't really come too much at night,” trail goer Daniel Collins said. “I know that sometimes there's problems at night. But during the day, I feel safe.”
Now a new program will add two more sets of eyes and hopefully make the trail a little safer for its users.
The city has contracted two new private security officers to patrol the river trail twice a day, three times a week.
The two-man team will provide surveillance of public works facilities as well as provide an additional presence on the river trial.
“Now North State Security will be patrolling on bicycles, two-man teams on the river trail to check our pump houses and our bridges and just help be another set of eyes and ears for us on the trail system and help keep our citizens and visitors safe,” Redding Police captain Bill Schueller said.
The program will cost about $50,000 which will be paid for by the city’s public works department.
Schueller says it's one way of killing two birds with one stone.
“So the thought process behind this was to incorporate private security, which we currently already have a contract with North State Security and utilize them to assist us in patrolling the river trail and the parks where this infrastructure lies,” he said.
Patrol days will vary from week to week for maximum deterrence.
Most people we talked to about the program said they were happy to hear it.
“I think extra safety is always a good idea,” Collins said. “In this city sometimes we have a problem with crime.”
But even with added patrols, Schueller says trial goers still need to do their part and be aware of their surroundings.
“You never know what's going to happen,” he said. “We've had crime occur on the trails in the past. And it could happen again. So we want to have some extra protection, but we also want folks to practice good crime prevention and be safe while they're out on our trails.”
The program which has already kicked off will run until July of next year.
But if successful, it could be renewed for another run.
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