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Cameras could be added to Meriden walking, biking trail

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The Meriden Linear Trail Committee is considering the possibility of having cameras installed in the parking lot after a recent rash of vandalism and car break-ins.

"It's a great place to walk and get some exercise," said Reverend Larry Symolon about the Linear Trail in Meriden.

He told Eyewitness News that he enjoys his midday walks along the trail. But, Symolon wasn't too happy about some of the recent crime.

"It's too bad because a lot of families use the trail," he said. 

The Meriden Linear Trail Committee said recently cars have been broken into in the parking lot along with posts being ripped out and scattered glasses remained in the parking lot Tuesday.

A huge boulder was put in the lot to block vehicles from driving in. However, police told Eyewitness that nobody has filed reports.

The Meriden Linear Trail Committee said some construction equipment was also vandalized.

"It's a family atmosphere and to have someone break into cars while you and your family are walking leisurely in the woods we have to put an end to that," said Joseph Zajac of The Meriden Linear Trail Committee.

The idea is to have cameras installed that can monitor the parking areas. The cameras could either be matched into the police department or the trail's website.

"If nothing else it will make everyone aware they are being photographed doing whatever they're doing," Zajac said.

The cameras could also be placed so the public could see them on the website to monitor trail conditions.

"It's too bad but, insurance I guess," Symolon said. "It might detour the activity so it might not be a bad idea."

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