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Police ask for help in stopping Ti vandalism

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga residents are being asked to help curb vandalism. Wayne Taylor, chairman of the town police and emergency services committee, told the Ti town board Sept. 11 local police are taking steps to catch vandals. In recent weeks vandals have spray painted graffiti on several downtown buildings, damaged the bandstand in Bicentennial Park, wrecked the rest room at the 1888 building adjacent to the park and caused other property damage. Police have started foot and bicycle patrols in an effort to prevent the sabotage and catch the criminals. The town police and emergency services committee has also discussed installing surveillance cameras and motion-activated lights in the downtown area, Taylor said. Ticonderoga officials discussed installing cameras several years ago, but opted against their use mostly because of cost, Taylor noted. The cost of such technology has come down greatly, he said, making them more viable. But the real key to ending vandalism, Taylor said, is cooperation of the public. I really call on the citizens of the town to help us out, Taylor said. We cant hire enough policemen or place enough cameras around to see everything. If someone sees vandalism or suspicious activity, they should call police, he said. Many citizens dont want to become involved or fear retribution if they make a report, Taylor acknowledged. To counter that, he said, police are considering establishing an anonymous tip line.

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