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Security heightens as Masters Week approaches

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Richmond County Deputies are working around the clock preparing for Masters' Week security. Special Operations Capt. Scott Gay told FOX54, it's a 24 hour a day operation.  

An operation deputies have been preparing for since last year. Thousands will be entering the Garden City in just a few days and Capt. Gay said they are ready.

"We have to plan for everything; for any contingency, for any known threats or any unknown threats," said Capt. Gay.  

Drivers can already see deputies parked outside the gates patrolling traffic and activity in the area for the upcoming event that has all eyes watching and as Capt. Gay explained, all hands on deck.

"We do get assistance from other agencies," said Capt. Gay. "The state provides us some folks, Columbia County Sheriff's Office provides us some folks, and the Board of Education Police provide us some folks."

Even though security will be heightened, Capt. Gay said use common sense. People should be aware of the items that are not allowed inside and think twice about leaving them outside.

"Certainly don't leave valuables in your car, don't leave your tickets where people can see them and don't flash a lot of money," said Capt. Gay.  

Valuable advice to leave all personal belongings at home, to reduce the amount of issues inside and outside the gates.

"We are hoping that the worst thing that happens is that it rains," said Capt. Gay.  

A dampening forecast in hopes for a bright week for security.

Deputies will also be patrolling and re-routing traffic. Find the best routes to take by clicking on the link:

http://appweb.augustaga.gov/engineering/docs/2013MastersTrafficPlan.pdf 

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