Crime in State and National Parks
What is everyone's experience with crime in parks where you trail ride? Have you ever felt unsafe? Have you heard stories? Do you have stories?
I just wondered how safe it is or isn't out there, out of pure curiosity. So many people warn me to look out for creeps when I trail ride, but I wonder if society is too concerned because bad stories are publicized or because it's actually true.
In the National and State parks around here I haven't really heard of any but truthfully, you can run into a crazy at anytime anywhere...
The only thing I worry about on the trail are snakes and people.."getting it on". We have quite a few people who like to use the trails for personal/business adventures, and I don't really want to see that..lol. That's also neither a state or national park, just a local/county one.
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Haha Iseul, that's funny - and I can see that totally happening!
Isn't that the truth. Even in small town Iowa, there are more creeps than I ever thought possible...never on a trail ride have I been asked out by 40 year old men (being 20), gross, nasty men, or extremely awkward men. But at the grocery store while I'm working? Oh yeah!
I've personally never been accosted on the trail but I'm nicely over 6 foot riding a 16.2hh horse so you can say that's not a big surprise...I also don't know anyone that's personally been attacked but have ridden across a few weirdos that have made them nervous. I've also only heard of a few attacks in the news so to be honest I believe it's darn rare.
Do you think they would be more prone to mess with walkers or people who aren't on horses?
No I don't. No clue what the statistics are but living here in the PNW we have a ton of dedicated hikers, bikers, horse back riders and even off road unicycle riders. Basically we do a lot of outdoor activities out here and I don't know of anyone having been attacked in any of them. Biggest worry here is will your vehicle get broken into at the trail head as that does happen a lot.
I can imagine vehicle break ins being a problem. That happens everywhere. I just sort of wondered because a thicket of forest or land far away from civilization would be a great place to accost people, have a drug ring, or hide a body. I know these areas are undermanned, so I was just curious to see if any of that turned out to be true.
Maybe I've been watching too many reruns of Criminal Minds lol.
I would have never guessed that there were more freaks in smaller towns until I started working in the community. It's like these people just come out of the walls in hoards. I thought my hometown was a nice, nice community, and don't get me wrong, it's pretty safe, but I'm hands-on with two of the local sex offenders when they buy groceries, I smell weed on many different people, I've had drunks, I've had many dirty old men hit on me, people that I'm pretty sure were high on hard drugs, thieves, and even a stalker.
I figured if all that happened in a small town where it's easy to hide in plain sight, imagine what is going on out in the wilderness!
I would guess it would be easier to subdue a person on foot than a horseback rider. Horses are notoriously unpredictable and can run faster than a human being. However, if you fit the bill of what a killer/predator/thief/criminal was looking for, I'm sure they'd forgo a random hiker just to get a chance to get you. :-/ Creepy...
In my area we have slight problems with mountain lions, about two attacks a year (atleast from the ones i hear about). A worse problem we have is actually respect on the trails. I do a very high extent of bomb proofing, therefore not having much of a problem, but I am always seeing quads and dirtbikes on trails where it is clearly marked they are not aloud and it spooks a lot of horses, we also have a lot of mountain bikers that will just zoom past horses without warning and spook them, or the very so often person (motor vehicle, mountain bike or hiker) throwing things at the horse, or slapping them to get them to spook. Hearing about the stories when i was 10 or so, I have always taught my horses to tolerate such behavior, but some horses dont (or riders just dont think to teach it).
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