Police urge runners to be vigilant this spring

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GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Greensboro Police say they are increasing their patrols on the city's Downtown Greenway this spring.

As temperatures increases, so do the opportunities for criminals to prey on walkers and joggers.

"When bad things happen, it's going to be too late to be prepared," says Officer Douglas Campbell, with the Greensboro Police Department.

The Greensboro Police Department hasn't had any reports of crimes on the city's trails, paths or greenways so far this year, but they are warning runners to be aware of their surroundings.

"It's just good to be aware of hiding spots, because you know, as you're running along there's a tree, a big bush or corner of a building. You may want to may a little extra attention, you know somebody could be hiding behind the building and the bush," explains Officer Campbell.

Officers want walkers and runners to try to go out in pairs. If you are walking or running alone, make sure you tell someone where you are heading and what time you will be returning.

"You don't want to be cynical and not trust people, but you kind of can't trust people because you just don't know. There's crazy people out there and why take the chance?" says Rebecca Thor, an avid runner in Greensboro.