Police hosting trail safety workshop to prevent crime along the Monon

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 12, 2016) - The expected warm up later this week will likely draw even more people to the Monon Trail.

Indianapolis Metro Police want to inform walkers, joggers and cyclists about staying safe on the popular trail.  Officers are teaming up with staff from the Marion County Prosecutor's Office to host a special trail safety meeting Tuesday night.

In years past, there has been an uptick in crime along the trail during the spring and summer months. Now, IMPD wants to prevent anyone from becoming a victim.

"We want you to have reflective clothing on, we want you to utilize the right away, make yourself seen to vehicular traffic," Officer Chris Wilburn said.

Just last October, two joggers were robbed along the trail in broad daylight - hours apart. Suspects approached each of the victims, attacked them and stole items.

Some frequent trail users tell CBS4 they already take safety precautions due to previous incidents.

"I do come out here with the kids," one mother said. "I usually try and do that in the afternoon. I'm not out here in the mornings when it is dark or when it is dark at night, just for safety reasons."

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Arts Center, located at 820 E 67th Street.

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