BANGOR- A number of assaults have taken place over the past few weeks in Bangor.
Those violent incidents are causing some to question the safety of certain parts of the city.
One area with a decent amount of foot traffic is the Kenduskeag Stream Trail.
“I feel safe, I don’t usually go around here after dark, I kind of do a little bit but I don’t go towards the waterfront, but with everything going on in the world I figure I’m just as safe here as anywhere else,” Bangor resident Cindy Lufkin said.
Lufkin isn’t the only one who feels that way.
Other citizens walking the trails off the Kenduskeag declined to be on camera but they did say they don’t have any fears of being attacked when they are exploring the river walkways.
Bangor Police Department Community Resource Officer Elizabeth Brunton said there is a stigma against transients.
She said they may live near the trail but their presence is no reason to be concerned.
“We do have members of our community who are transients and they have been found on these trails. The PD will check out these trails and walk them. When we do come across transients, we offer them services, figure out why they’re living outside and let them know it’s city property where you can’t be camping but we don’t get calls for high violent crimes in this area, ” Brunton said.
She said while there is a police presence on the Kenduskeag path, it is normally not because of any reports of violence.
“We’re not seeing highly violent crimes occurring on these trails. If there is an open container, we will respond to it, or if someone sees trash or debris, we’ll come and take a look and see what public works can do. But otherwise, that’s the only reason we’re ever out here,” Brunton said.
If anyone does feel at risk while on the trails, Brunton recommends they make sure to contact Bangor PD by dialing 911.