Ashland police fight crime on Segways?

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that Ashland has become the area’s first to patrol its police by Segway. They say it helps cops better look around an area while monitoring compared to a bike. Will this help fight crime? Can police overcome the oddball factor?

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  • homerf12

    This all depends on one question. How fast can these segways go?

  • Devietro

    The newest model of Segway tops out between 12-14MPH. These things are far more agile than a bike specifically indoors. Also I believe the so called oddball factor is a positive, it makes the cops more noticeable. The only downside I see is that there are not nearly as many experinced Segway mechanics as there are bikes, thus making the maintenance more expensive.

  • Ted Kennedy’s Liver

    That’s really great as long as those sneaky criminals don’t go off of a smooth paved surface, over a curb or up some stairs. Of course, criminals will be so paralyzed with laughter at the sight of a cop on one of these they might be easier to catch.

    • Devietro

      Segways can go down stairs. They also have a new off road model that I saw getting shown off at the Portland sportsman show.

  • Chris

    I can’t believe people think that this is a good idea. The Medford Trib article said that the Segways will cost $6k each. People in this state think of the oddest ways to waste taxpayer money. Take that money, buy a bike, and fix some pot holes.

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