The Brantford Police Service is issuing a public advisory after responding to a property damage report where a quantity of thumbtacks were located on the T.H. & B. Rail Trail bike path in the Shellard Lane / Conklin Road area of the City of Brantford.
On Thursday, July 14, 2022, at approximately 7:50 a.m., roughly 50 brass-coloured thumbtacks were located and removed from the trail.
As a result of this incident, damage has been reported to several bicycles. No physical injuries have been reported as a result of this vandalism.
Discovery of these items pose significant safety risks to everyone who is utilizing the trail system.
In addition to the safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists, the tacks could also pose a risk of injury to young children and pet owners who may walk dogs along the trail.
At this time, we would like to remind dog owners of the requirement to ensure dogs are leashed when utilizing the trails. Proper use of a leash will also provide control of a pet’s actions and help to prevent injury to canine companions should an object be found on the trails.
The Brantford Police Service is reminding all trail users – pedestrians and cyclists to be mindful of your surroundings.
Please report any occurrences of this nature to the Brantford Police Service Non-Emergency line 519-756-7050, or alternately, a report can be made online at https://www.brantfordpolice.ca/online-reporting
The City of Brantford is home to more than 70km of natural trails flanked by the serene Grand River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. Part of the Hub of Ontario Trails, our trail system connects our community to Hamilton, Port Dover, Cambridge, and beyond, and is thoroughly enjoyed by walking, hiking and cycling enthusiasts alike. Please respect these natural assets that we are so fortunate to have access to.