HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL SAFETY: How to pack and run

In the past month, three women have been assaulted along the hike and bike trail. 

Two cases remain unsolved.

In the one case, that is now closed, the attack was interrupted by a jogger who had a gun.

On Friday a woman showed us how it’s possible to pack and run. "I run around my neighborhood and I feel like it's a safe neighborhood, but then again anything can happen anywhere,” said Niki Jones.

Niki Jones' statement could not be more true.

Along the peaceful route of the hike and bike trail three women have been attacked in the past month.

Officers say on September 15th, this man was in the process of sexually assaulting a jogger when another runner who happened to have a gun scared him away. "It's so great because that's exactly how it's supposed to go. You know, the good guy with the gun stops the bad guy. That's what we all want to hear,” said Jones.

Jones, who is editor-in-chief of Sure Shots Magazine and a personal protection officer-- never leaves the house without her gun. Even if she's working out. "You're running on the trail, you get grabbed, then all the sudden... you've already got it out,” Jones demonstrated.


Her preferred method is what she calls the appendix carry.

"Another one that I have on is my belly band which is another one and gun just goes in here. Nice and snug. Can't see it, Doesn't bounce around,” she said. "The third option I have is the packin' tee. It's made for carry. It doesn't bounce around at all and It's easily accessed from there."

While Jones feels carrying a weapon is the safest option for her, she knows it's not for everyone.

"Even if you don't carry a gun or a knife or anything the one thing you always have with you is your gut reaction and you know when something is not right. Trust that reaction,” she said. "Have your head up, your ears open, hearing everything around you is really important granted sometimes there's nothing you can do. In that case fight, fight, fight as hard as you can. fight as your life depends on it."

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