Nassau Police Install Security Cameras In Massapequa Preserve

Nassau Police Install Security Cameras In Massapequa Preserve


PRESERVE. IT’S THE SCENE OF SEVERAL UNNERVING INCIDENTS IN THE LAST YEAR. CBS 2’S CAROLYN GUSOFF HAS MORE. Reporter: A WOODED OASIS, THE MASSAPEQUA PRESERVE IS A YEAR-ROUND MAGNET FOR JOGGERS, BIKERS AND FAMILIES. BUT PARK-GOERS SAY LATELY THEY WATCH THEIR BACKS. I QUIT WALKING THAT SIDE BECAUSE WHAT’S GOING ON OVER THERE? Reporter: PEOPLE ARE ON EDGE? YEAH! YOUR GUARD IS DOWN AND YOU’RE RELAXING OUT HERE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WHO KNOWS WHAT CRAZY PERSON IS COMING OUT OF THE BUSHES? PEOPLE ARE AFRAID TO BE IN THE PRESERVE. THAT’S A MAJOR PROBLEM. AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY STAY SAFE. Reporter: NASSAU POLICE NOW RESPONDING WITH MORE THAN JUST ADDED PATROLS. THEY HAVE INSTALLED A NETWORK OF SECURITY CAMERAS IN AND AROUND THE 400-ACRE PRESERVE. SOME OBVIOUS, OTHERS HIDDEN. WE WILL NOT GIVE THOSE LOCATIONS. WE ARE NOT GIVING THE BAD GUY AN EDUCATION ON WHAT WE’RE DOING. BUT THE MESSAGE IS TO BE SENT TODAY TO THE BAD GUY IS THAT WE ARE WATCHING. Reporter: THE LAUNCH COMES MONTHS AFTER THE BODY OF A MURDERED TEEN WAS FOUND HERE. A RASH OF FLASHER INCIDENTS, THREE MEN EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO FRIGHTEN WOMEN. HE STARTS TO EYE ME UP AND DOWN — AND, YOU KNOW, LOOK ME AROUND AND REALLY MAINTAIN THIS VERY AGGRESSIVE, UM, CREEPY EYE CONTACT WITH ME. Reporter: POLICE MONITOR SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS WERE ROLLED OUT IN CITY PARKS A DECADE AGO BUT SLOW TO COME TO THE SUBURBS. THIS IS THEIR DEBUT HERE IN NASSAU COUNTY AND MORE COUNTY PARKS WILL FOLLOW. CAMERAS PLACED IN THE VILLAGE PORTION OF THE PRESERVE RECENTLY HELPED NAB THIS MAN, WHO SPRAY-PAINTED SWASTIKAS INSIDE. BOTTOM LINE, CAMERAS WORK. AND BEWARE. WE HAVE ‘EM. Reporter: OBVIOUSLY POLICE SAY THEY CAN’T JUMP OUT OF A CAMERA TO MAKE AN ARREST. BUT THE VIDEOTAPE RECORDING DAY AND NIGHT WILL BOOST THEIR ABILITY TO DETER AND SOLVE CRIMES. IN THE MASSAPEQUA PRESERVE, CAROLYN GUSOFF, CBS 2 NEWS.

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