SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – With the cooler weather drawing hikers to Phoenix-area trails, the Scottsdale Police Department asks people to do a few things to keep themselves safe.
First, avoid hiking alone. There is safety in numbers. If you go out by yourself, make sure somebody knows where you are and when you plan to return.
Carry a fully charged cell phone so you – or whoever is with you – can call for help if you need it. If you’re listening to music or a podcast, use only one earbud so you can still hear what is happening around you or if somebody approaches you.
Leave your valuables at home. If you have to leave something in your car, put it in the trunk or out of sight to lower the risk of a break-in. Also, make sure you roll the windows all the way, close the sunroof, lock the doors, and take your keys with you.
Take plenty of water. You can get dehydrated quickly, even when it’s relatively cool outside. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. If you find you’ve consumed half of the water you have with you, it’s time to turn around.
The Scottsdale Police Department says the trails are part of their patrol beats, so you will see officers driving through the parking lots at the trailheads.
On Monday, a man who claimed to hear voices in his head beat a woman at a trailhead at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale. Scottsdale police say it was an isolated incident.
Over the weekend, another man allegedly fondled a woman who was exercising at A Mountain in Tempe.
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