Gang activity on Stevens Creek Trail
Original post made by Concerned Mtn View Resident on Apr 29, 2008
I run there very often, in the evenings during the week, and in the morning/afternoon on the weekends. It never fails, I encounter shady characters lurking on benches, in the bushes, and sauntering along. You can not miss them. They are the ones with hooded sweatshirts pulled over their heads and sunglasses on after the sun has set. Often they are sitting alone on a bench where there are no other people. On occasion I have had people jump out of the bushes and start walking away. My guess is that they are picking up or dropping off drugs.
What is the Mtn. View Police Dept. doing to end the assaults and muggings on the trail? I have never seen any police on patrol there.
What notice has the city given people who venture back there about what has happened there in the recent past? I am a strong man who can defend himself, but I often see women jogging alone there, and I want to tell them not to stop running there, because it is not safe anymore.
I am wondering if others have the same feelings about their safety on this trail and what can be done about it.
on Apr 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm
It's a shame that what makes the Stevens Creek Trail such an attraction for the general public - an open space that's isolated, filled with lush vegetation and greenery, with easy access to "get away" to different parts of the city, that's free from cars and traffic (including police cars) - also makes it the perfect sanctuary for gang members to get away with crime and other activities.
I wonder if the Mountain View Police Department has ever considered having undercover cops police the trail... maybe on bicycles or even on horseback?
on May 2, 2008 at 2:11 am
if u see one of those hooded guys with sunglasses on after the sun has set and u happen to have a solid object in hand feel free to hit them over the head and tell them its ok to take the sunglasses off
on May 2, 2008 at 5:34 pm
We need protection out on the trail from guys with solid objects. We could use someone to pick up the poop too!!!!