Somebody is planting nails, points up, at the entrance to a private access road in Aberdeen.
A family out for a walk over Thanksgiving weekend came across the half-buried two-inch nails, which may have been stolen from nearby residential construction sites.
"We've gone hiking in that area for years and years," said Renee Gilroy, a Lower Mainland resident who was visiting her family. "In the last two days that we've gone, those nails were hammered into the ground."
The spiking was done at the foot of a gated access road belonging to Aberdeen Highlands Development Corporation. Hard to spot amid the loose gravel road surface, the nails could easily injure a runner, cyclist or hiker.
"The fact that someone's gone back within two days and they've added more . . .," Gilroy said.
Disturbed by their discovery, Gilroy and her mother removed the spikes when they found them on Saturday. When they returned to the site on Sunday, more spikes had been planted. They removed those as well and reported the incidents to the RCMP.
But Gilroy was told there was nothing that the RCMP could do about the matter. She emailed The Daily News in order to alert the public to the hazard.
"We were so disappointed with how the police responded," she said.
Jon Wilson, the City's community safety and enforcement manager, said he would refer the matter to Terry Pile, the City's risk manager.
Chris Bebek, Aberdeen Highlands general manager, said after experiencing problems, they recently had to close access to the land, which is under development at the end of Aberdeen Drive. Police were summoned a couple of times, she said.
The company leases the land to a cattle rancher. Both use the road regularly.
"That's malicious," she said of the spiking, figuring that it might be payback for the closure. "I'd like to see where it is so that we can make sure it doesn't happen again."