“Safeguard New York” Initiative in Effect Over Holiday Weekend

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that law enforcement agencies throughout Putnam County will intensify homeland security efforts during the Memorial Day weekend by promoting a state-wide program dubbed “Safeguard New York.” Members of the various village and town police departments, as well the Putnam County sheriff’s office and New York State Police, will be conducting periodic security inspections of train stations, park-and- ride areas, shopping centers and parks located in the county.  They will be handing out crime prevention pamphlets providing helpful tips in recognizing potential signs of terrorism. 
           The written material urges members of the general public to remain vigilant as they go about their daily business.  The tips include: 

  • “Know the Routines.  Learn the normal routines of your neighborhood, community and workplace.  Understanding these routines will help you spot anything out of place.” 
  • “Be aware of what’s going on around you.  Whether traveling, at work or at home, be on the lookout for suspicious activities.  Learn to spot suspicious mail, packages, luggage abandoned in crowded places like an office building, an airport, a school, or a shopping center.” 
  • “Take what you hear seriously.  If you hear or know of someone who has bragged or talked about plans to harm citizens in violent attacks or who claims membership in a terrorist organization, take them seriously and report it to law enforcement immediately.” 

Sheriff Smith reminds everyone of the old adage: “If you see something, say something!” ny suspicious activity can be reported to any law enforcement agency or to the New York State Terrorism Tips Hotline at 1-866-SAFE-NYS  (1-866-723-3697).  All calls are toll free and will remain strictly confidential.  To report an emergency or a crime in progress, dial 9-1-1.

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