Trail safety, security at forefront of law enforcement warnings

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The search for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts came to a tragic end on Tuesday after her body was found about 12 miles from where she went missing.

She disappeared July 18 while out jogging. 

Her story is bringing light to safety when it comes to running. 

Danger can be anywhere. 

It’s not confined to just a trail or a parking lot and that’s why local law enforcement is urging you to listen to your conscience. 

“Stay cautious,” says Sheriff Brian Asbell. “Be aware of your surroundings and always give yourself options.”

Whether you walk, jog, run, or bike, safety should always be your number one priority. 

“We advocate the buddy system,” says Sheriff Asbell. “Run in pairs. Get a running group. A- it’s fun. You get people with you and it’s more motivation, but B- it’s being safe.” 

Another tip? Change up your routine. 

“If you’re going to the same place, you know 5 days a week, or 7 days a week at the same time it doesn’t take someone long to figure out your schedule,” says Sheriff Asbell.

“I have been walking on the trail,” says Vanld Bandida, local walker. “I like to jog. It keeps me fit, but above all, it’s the mental game.” 

Rebecca Brumfield asks, “have you ever felt not safe out here?” 
“Definitely not,” responds Bandida. “With the people around me and they give me joy, they give me happy, that’s the kind of thing that motivates me.”

Trails, streets, well lit areas are all are good places to be as long as someone knows where you are, and that you’re safe. 

“We want you to take your phone with you incase there is an emergency situation, but don’t be occupied on it,” says Sheriff Asbell.

Those who WMBD spoke to say they’ve never felt unsafe on the Rock Island State Trail here in the River City, but they do say, they have their own plans for safety and security. 

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