Speak Out: Sawmill Branch Canal is Dangerous

Are you safe on this recreational trail in Summerville?

With the rape of a 17-year-old girl Wednesday, the Summerville community is questioning the safety of the Sawmill Branch Canal trail where the incident occurred. 

The trail is a 7-mile long stretch from East Richardson Avenue to the Oakbrook YMCA off of Old Trolley Road. 

On Twitter, one resident said this about the trail: "(the) drug related crowd uses this trail between neighborhoods from trolly road all the way down."

Patch reported in November rapes and murders have increased in Dorchester County. Click here to read more.

Is Sawmill Branch Canal dangerous? Tell us in the comments!

JJ RN January 21, 2013 at 02:20 AM
WELL said Kendall, all of us have to step up from the norm, people are naturally resistant to change but each must chose their own way to protect ones self.
JJ RN January 21, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Lindsay, it's unfortunate that your running route has been changed d/t your incident, this is a prime example of how the bad guys win..... which cannot be tolerated by law abiding citizens, what "side" are you avoiding ??
Leta Davenport January 21, 2013 at 03:00 AM
I do know that a few months ago there were problems with homeless people as well as others along the trail and the SPD was monitoring it daily on a golf cart. I am not sure if it was the complete trail or just off of Berlin Meyers Pkwy I had only one other lady with me however not alone and taking pictures just at the end of the trail and the officer stopped and asked us to continue moving and not be stopped in one location for extended period of time. So I do know from this that SPD has been patroling the trail. I am all for CWP for responsible individuals however I also realize with this and other incidents that have happened that anyone in a remote area on this trail or other places such as parks etc should always be aware of their surroundings when alone or with someone. Most all trails in the Charleston area have had problems with incidents happening. I think all trails should be required to have cameras maybe it would benefit the residents for the city/country to have funding and people to monitor and install cameras. Put our taxes to good use! It is a shame that we all have to be so prepared to do leisurely activites now. I remember when we were children here in Sville and played in ditches and trails rode our bikes for miles and never had to worry about incidents like this happening however it is a reality now.
Lisa Fox January 21, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Lindsay that was my thought exactly. SPD does help with crime watches. I was involved with a crime watch in Summerville. In a crime watch they do not condone the use of force of any kind. You are to call SPD if you see anything that is unusual. I was a block captain for my street. Trust me I called several times and SPD was quick to respond. You can always choose another place to walk or run. Before trying to set up a crime watch you might want to check cell phone reception at different points along the trail.
Barry Fields August 18, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Did anyone organize a patrol? I see the comments ended on January 21, 2013.


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