Residents in Sullivan County came together for a neighborhood watch meeting Wednesday. This latest meeting comes after the County's Public Safety Commissioner warned the area could be a training ground for terrorists. YNN's Jessica Chen has the story.
MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- Paula Frumkin of Sullivan County wants to keep her community safe and she's doing so by starting a neighborhood watch group.
"By having a small community, you know the people that are the outsiders," said Frumkin.
And it's the outsiders she's watching for, especially in light of what Richard Martinkovic, Sullivan County's Commissioner of Public Safety, had to say.
"Terrorists can be our own citizens who have some type of agenda against our government," said Martinkovic.
Martinkovic said because of the county's vast landscape, Sullivan County has the potential to be a terrorist training ground.
"It wouldn't take an awful lot for individuals to come to try and practice," said Martinkovic. "Detonating explosives, working with chemicals, radiation."
Residents part of the neighborhood watch group met at the Monticello Firehouse Wednesday night. Some said with the reality that Sullivan County has the potential to attract terrorists, forming these neighborhood watch groups is even more important for the areas safety.
Town of Fallsburgh police officer Jason Edwards said there are certain signs of terrorist activity he looks for.
"We're looking for groups of people who are secluding themselves, on very private areas who seem to be involving themselves with a lot of military activities or a lot of shooting," said Edwards.
And with the reality of such dangers, Frumkin said it's time for the community and neighborhood watch groups to be extra vigilant of what's around.
"We know that all foliage and all brush are breeding grounds and hiding grounds for potential people," said Frumkin. "If you wanted to take the other side of the coin and say, well I don't want to get involved and once you say that, then it's open season, for anybody and anything."