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National security starts at home

According to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, "Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe."

The national campaign called "See Something, Say Something" was developed so that when people observe anything suspicious, they report it to law enforcement.

The recent incident where a suspicious package was placed on Route 695 in Camillus should remind us that terrorists can strike anywhere and anytime. The case was placed along the highway in a manner very similar to the way roadside bombs are positioned along the road in Iraq.

Citizens should:

- Be alert to unattended packages.

- Be wary of suspicious behavior.

- Take notice of people wearing inappropriate clothing (bulky, not consistent with environment).

- Report anyone tampering with surveillance cameras or entering unauthorized areas.

- Alert police when a vehicle doesn't seem right.

- Notify authorities about someone taking pictures normal tourists wouldn't take, like photos of doorways, air vents or secure areas.

Law enforcement does a very good job at protecting our community, but we need the public's help. Very often it is the public that is aware and able to stop crime before it happens.

Remember - if the activity, person, package, or incident that you are reporting is an emergency or requires immediate attention, call 911.

Lt. Robert Wicks

Village of Marcellus Chief of Police

Onondaga COunty Sheriff's Deputy

Robert Wicks led the investigation of the suspicious package on Route 695.

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