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New Security Measures in Place at Brooklyn Bridge

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New security measures are in place at the Brooklyn Bridge after several people climbed it this summer. Meanwhile, while prosecutors are pushing for jail time for the Russian man who scaled the Brooklyn Bridge last weekend, a judge on Friday suggested community service instead. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

The only flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday were red, white and blue.

There were also guys on the cables, but they were supposed to be there, tightening supposedly off-limits areas after a pair of headlining-grabbing stunts this summer atop the city's most famous span.

"Over the next couple of weeks, you'll see those barriers become more difficult to compromise," said John Miller, the New York City Police Department's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.

The goal is to lock out anyone trying to pull off what a Russian tourist did on Sunday.
Yaroslav Kolchin is charged with trespassing and reckless endangerment for climbing onto the bridge and taking pictures. He's due back in court next month.

That breach came after American flags on both towers of the bridge were replaced in July by flags that had been bleached white, an act for which two German artists have claimed responsibility.

"They're crazy. I really think they're crazy for climbing up there, because that don't look very easy," said one person on the bridge.

Now, police and city Department of Transportation officials say they want to make the task even tougher. Among the measures include a more visible police presence on the bridge and installing more barriers.

"The door, it should be bigger than that, so the people cannot have the chance to go up," said a person on the bridge.

Authorities say they want to put an end to the death-defying stunts now, but acknowledged that other daredevils may try to pull off copycat climbs. And some New Yorkers admitted to being impressed.

"It's quite a stunt," said one New Yorker. "I was looking at it just now while I was walking. I was saying the same thing to myself, 'They was brave.'"

"How do we fabricate something around those gates so that they're not just a physical deterrent that can be compromised by climbing around it, but what can we do to make them more difficult to climb around?" Miller said.

The increased security efforts aren't limited to just the Brooklyn Bridge. On Wednesday, police officers climbed to the top of the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges to see what they can do about stopping similar stunts from taking place there.

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