- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer says he’s introducing legislation to deter a new crime trend that’s costing law enforcement thousands of dollars.

It’s called “swatting.” Schumer says it’s an incident where a phone call is made in an effort to get police SWAT teams deployed to an unsuspecting person’s home. He says there has been a rash of swatting attacks nationwide, including a dozen in the Rochester area.

Not only does swatting waste taxpayer dollars, but it also terrifies residents and bystanders who fall victim to the attacks and often leads to temporary street closures that hurt local businesses.

Schumer will be in Rochester on Monday to talk about the issue. He’s introducing legislation that would increase penalties for the perpetrators and make them pay restitution to police.

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