Personal Safety & Crime Prevention
Minimize your risk factors while in your MetroParks.
Carry a cell phone.
- If you need assistance or encounter someone else needing assistance in the MetroParks, dial 911.
- Employees and volunteers can also request assistance for you.
Secure your belongings.
- Leave valuables at home. Bring only essentials, such as your keys, driver’s license and cell phone.
- If you must leave valuables in your vehicle while in the park, hide them well before you arrive at the park.
- Don’t leave belongings visible in vehicles.
- Make sure vehicles are locked, and don’t hide your keys outdoors anywhere.
Take what you need.
- Carry personal identification.
- If you use a medication frequently, such as for diabetes or angina, take it and the instructions for use with you.
- Stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle.
Be aware of your surroundings.
- Take a map with you on trails.
- Be easy to find. Use only marked, authorized trails.
- If it’s necessary to call for help, be able to relay an exact location by knowing the nearest park area, intersection or major landmark.
- Use all of your senses. Don’t wear headphones — they impair your ability to hear someone approaching you from behind. If you sense that an area may be unsafe for you, leave.
- Always let someone else know where you will be going and when you will return, and instruct him or her to call 911 if you do not return as planned.
- When possible, visit the park with a friend or in a group.
- Avoid unfamiliar areas when on the trails alone.
- It’s better to avoid dusk and darkness.
Share the trail.
- Don’t take up the whole width of the trail; allow others to pass.
- Communicate with other trail users when coming up behind them. Always pass on the left.
- When you’re going downhill yield to those hiking uphill.
- If you’re taking a break, move off of the trail to allow others to pass by unobstructed.
- Observe “Leave No Trace” principles. If you brought it in with you, take it out with you.
- Speak in a low voice and turn your cell phone volume down or off. Enjoy the sounds of nature, and let others do the same.
- Walk through the mud or puddle and not around it, unless you can do so without going off the trail. Widening a trail by going around puddles is bad for trail sustainability.
Obey all park rules.
- Please observe posted park hours.
- Lost and found articles should be reported to park staff or a ranger.
- Hikers are not permitted on horse or mountain biking trails.
- Horses and bikes are not permitted on hiking trails.
- You are responsible for your dog. Obey leash laws, and pick up after your pet.