New York state authorities are launching a comprehensive security review of over 250 park sites following the abduction of a 9-year-old girl from Moreau Lake State Park. The incident prompted concerns about park safety, leading to calls for improved security measures.
The girl was rescued after law enforcement traced a ransom note to a nearby trailer. While the exact nature of the security upgrades remains unclear, cameras have already been installed where the girl disappeared.
The New York Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation is collaborating with the State Police to conduct a thorough review and identify areas for improvement. The study will assess visibility at each park and evaluate the potential use of additional cameras and any necessary changes at main gates.
State Senator Jim Tedisco is introducing legislation to mandate security cameras at all state parks, campgrounds, and recreational facilities, emphasizing the importance of public safety. The timeline for completing the safety review has yet to be disclosed. Still, state troopers, park police officers, and forest rangers will patrol Moreau Lake State Park to reassure visitors in the wake of recent events.
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