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Ada plots to fight crime along urban trail

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Ada is working to reduce crime along the city's hike and bike trail. (KTEN) Ada is working to reduce crime along the city's hike and bike trail. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- When the City of Ada decided to build a hike-and-bike trail, public information director Lisa Bratcher said they had good intentions for those who would use it.

"You can come and walk with your families or ride your bike, walk your dogs or whatever you'd like to do," she said. "That was the whole idea of a safe place, walking in nature where you could come and enjoy."

But according to Ada police Assistant Chief Tracy Jackson, some people have taken advantage of the trail for the wrong reasons.

"We have waves of car burglaries and things of that nature," he said. "We know for certain, after hours, after dark."

Police say criminals have damaged the lights along the trail to decrease their visibility.

To fix the problem, Ada Public Works and OG&E have stepped in.

"We're talking about the different changes we can make on the lights ourself," Jackson said. "The city's talking about doing trimming and taking out some vegetation and creating some access."

He adds more officers will be on patrol in the area to reduce opportunities for criminals.

"We're going to create some circumstances and have it more accessible, quicker, accessible to our officers where they can get down the bike trail and maybe try to stop some of this," Jackson said. "If you see something going on in your neighborhood, you need to let us know. We have to have community involvement."

Over the next few weeks, OG&E will be working on solutions to make the lights more resistant to vandalism.

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