Parks department shares safety reminders for county trails

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Two Indiana teens were found murdered in the woods, near a trail in Delphi, Indiana.

The tragic crime happened more than a month ago.  But, the incident sparked an important conversation. News 10 went to speak with a parks department to see what they’re doing to keep you safe.

The deaths of Abigail Williams and Liberty German have brought a new awareness to trail safety. That’s why the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department want you to keep in mind several safety tips before you head out the door. One of those – is to stay vigilant.

“I think it’s heightened the awareness for the general population and it’s heightened our awareness in our department,” said Adam Grossman, the Assistant Superintendent with the parks department.

Although security has not been increased at our area parks.  There are things you can do to protect yourself.  Like, let someone know what trail you’re going to and how long you’ll be there. Grab some mace, or a whistle. Put down the phone, and keep your eyes open.

Grossman added, “Enjoy nature while you’re out on the trail. Don’t get so engrossed in your phone or paying attention to other things, that you’re not paying attention to your surroundings.”

Law enforcement also patrol all of the county parks.

“We’ve got a care taker on site, if our full time or part time staff aren’t present, there’s always “someone” keeping eyes on the park,” said Grossman.

The county parks department wants you to know you can always call their office with any questions or concerns. But if there are any immediate threats while you’re on the trail, you can always call 911.