A board with screws found in High Mountain Park. Police say booby-traps have been found along a trail used for bikers and hikers. (Wayne PD) ( )
WAYNE – Booby-traps made from buried boards and nails, strung barbed wire and hidden broken bottles have been placed for the past month on a park trail popular with hikers and bicyclists, police said Thursday.
The traps were found by a Wayne resident in High Mountain Park Preserve, Wayne police Capt. Laurence W. Martin said in a statement.
Barbed wire found in the park. (Wayne PD)
"The resident states that since June 23 he has found wooden boards hidden beneath the surface of the trail with screws/nails protruding, broken bottles placed along the trails behind or next to rocks or logs, and rope and barbed wire strung across pathways," Martin said.
High Mountain Park is located in Wayne, North Haledon and Franklin Lakes.
The park is not far from William Paterson University.
"Some of these were placed just under the ... surface to injure persons on foot or disable bicycle tires," Martin said.
Broken bottle placed along a trail used by hikers and bikers. (Wayne PD)
"The barbed wire and rope that was strung across the path ways raises the threat to serious injury or death," he said.
Wayne police detectives are investigating.
"We are asking the public's assistance to be mindful of these styles of booby-trap hazards," Martin said.
Martin asked anyone with information to call police.