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Keeping you safe over the summer

Advice from area law enforcers to keep you safe over the summer

The law enforcers on our Answer Desk panel on Monday night had suggestions on summer security, in several areas:

Your home: With warm weather, it's tempting to leave windows and doors, and even garages open. Don't leave open entries unattended!
Sgt. Crayg Dykes, with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, also advises 'environmental security': "Things like installing low or see thru fencing or landscaping, that's gonna eliminate areas of concealment for people who are breaking the law. So your landscaping's important, your shrubs need to be trimmed."

At Summer Events:
Be extra cautious when you're in a crowd, says NY State Trooper Natalie Bochino. Keep looking around you. Park your car in a lighted spot, and leave what you won't be needing behind. Lock personal belongings that you won't need in the trunk of your car, and if you think someone is following you, take action. Trooper Bochino's advice: " Stay somewhere public, stay somewhere well-lit as much as you can. A lot of the festivals have either security, or a local police department that is involved in it, if you can flag somebody down, if somebody's making you feel uncomfortable. I always like to make eye contact with that person, Usually that is a deterrent in and of itself ..."

On the Road: You find more motorcycles sharing the roadway in summer months. Sgt. Timothy Axton, from the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, says his department has been handing out, and also posting 'Look Twice, Save a Life' road signs as a reminder that motorists need to be extra aware. " Understand that its very difficult for other motorists to see such a narrow traveling vehicle such as a motorcycle you get about sixteen inches worth of viewing portion of a motorcycle, and ... and if people aren't looking a couple times they could miss it with a tree" He says it's especially difficult to gauge a motorcycle's distance and speed at night, when it only has one headlight. One way of gauging speed (for cars, too)--after you've made eye contact with the operator, lower your sight and focus on the front wheel---how it's moving will help you calculate the speed and direction.

>Most police agencies have community service offices that can help with other security questions. And, If you need help, most area police agencies will do a walk-through check to help you plan better security

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