Atlanta Police to launch patrols on BeltLine

6:15 AM, Jun 5, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta BeltLine is growing in popularity, but so are security concerns along the path.

In response, the Atlanta Police Department has announced plans to assign a dozen officers to patrol the popular walking and biking trail.

A police spokesman says the patrols will begin in mid-July. The 22-mile loop of former railroad tracks will eventually connect 45 neighborhoods.

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People utilizing the BeltLine have become targets in a string of recent robberies.

According to the city, a number of security measures have been taken.  There are currently $400,000 worth of new lighting and security cameras being installed.

Crews have pruned trees and bushes to improve visibility, and next month 15 police officers will head up what's called Path Force to police the BeltLine on bikes.

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