Beltline gets distance markers for security

by: Richard Elliot Updated:

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ATLANTA —

Security changes could be coming soon to the Atlanta Beltline after reports of three armed robberies along the trail since October.

"We're working closely with the Beltline right now to make sure users of the Beltline are safe," said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.

Campos said the Beltline has already installed quarter-mile markers, so crime victims can now tell emergency responders where to reach them.  He said they're also conducting a security survey to help decide where lights and security cameras need to be installed.

"We're trying to see if we can strategically place cameras in areas where it will help us," said Campos.  "We obviously hope it deters crime.  People may be less likely to commit crimes if they know they're being watched."

Atlanta police also received a federal grant to hire 15 more officers to walk or ride along the trail.

Paula Reith walks the Beltline several times a week. She's heard all about the crime and is glad to hear about the possible increases in security, but she also hopes nearby residents will help, too.

"I think it’s a great idea, but I think what's really got to happen is for the people who live here and use the Beltline to be out here and make a presence themselves, because the police can't be everywhere," said Reith.