Published Feb 3, 2012
AppalachianTrail.com thanks Quinton Ellison of the Smoky Mountain News for permission to share this information.
"Three Tennessee residents are headed to prison for breaking into a slew of cars at trailheads in Haywood County during a several month period, hitting hiker's vehicles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah National Forest.
Their arrests and subsequent prosecutions have put renewed focus on what you should do, and not do, when parking a vehicle before taking a hike or backpacking trip.
The main thing is to "use common sense," said avid hiker Cory McCall of Outdoor 76, an outfitter store in Franklin. "These trails do cross roads, and you often leave your car in vulnerable places."
Here's what the victims of the relatively recent break-ins didn't do: they failed to take valuables out of their vehicles."
Tags: Attractions, Tourism, Appalachian Trail, and Hiking
Published Jul 14, 2012.
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Published Apr 22, 2013.