Some citizens are alarmed that on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon vandals could enter the GM site and of DPW vehicles with no one noticing.
One Patch reader wrote,
There been questions for some time about the police presence, or lack thereof, in that part of the village. Simply put, the parking enforcement officer on weekday mornings clearly isn't enough. A single surveillance camera mounted at the Senior Center is clearly not a deterrent for those who otherwise, would be engaging in mischief either. Regular patrols must be reinstated.
While there is no direct camera surveillance on the property, Detective Charles Zekus is now watching tapes gathered from neighboring buildings (like the ) that have an angle on the property and have shown movement, said Lieutenant Anthony Bueti.
Bueti spoke to the difficulty of policing such a huge space, 90-plus acres, which though fenced, for the most part, is obviously not impenetrable. Just this week in the police blotter reports were teens caught jumping the wall from .
Not to mention the innocent but curious who can often just walk through an open fence in the main driveway or at the river's edge. “That Lighthouse catches everyone's eye," Bueti said.
The force has stepped up patrolling since the incident, said Bueti, and they actually had just a week prior as part of their usual seasonal upgrade. “We step up in the summertime when activity increases,” though, he admitted, obviously not enough. “We do the best we can."
Meanwhile, the trucks, until there is a different home for them, have moved closer to Beekman, where they can be better seen from the roadway. Most of them are back in service now, said Bueti, save for the pick-up truck gutted by arson.