DALLAS—If you plan to get a late start on the Katy Trail, you could be left in the dark thanks to thieves who've been stealing copper wire.
"It's dangerous. It's a live electrical current in those lights and so people that are vandalizing them can get hurt," said Eric Paulson.
They've struck at least three times hitting the light poles near the Thomsen overlook and down into Riverchon Park.
"It's scary to think about that happening so close to home. The Katy Trail is such a wonderful place. We hate to think about any kind of crime going on around here," said Ryan Jones, who enjoys the Katy Trail with her toddler son.
"If it's not well lit, I don't want to be on it. That's a huge concern. There have already been some incidents and you just have to be really careful or be with a group of people," said Martha Anderson.
Anderson says it's a travesty for the trail because she'd rather get her exercise here than walking on the street, plus she says there are a lot of single women living in condos near the tree lined path and she wants to make sure they're safe.
Cullen Dalheim, a Katy Trail biker, also worries for the safety of his fiancé.
"I don't think I'd want her to be out here too late at night, once the sun goes down," he said.
Although a city park, it's maintained mostly through private dollars and the help of a non-profit group called "Friends of the Katy Trail."
Paulson, a member of that organization, says he's working with the parks department to fix the problem.
"We're working together to get the lights fixed and get them replaced as soon as possible. Right now we're in the process of getting bids," he said.
Paulson says they're also taking proactive measures so this doesn't happen again. "Friends of the Katy Trail" is working with the city to add vandalism proof plates on the lights. Some are up now, the hope is more will be added.