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In Light Of Colorado Massacre, Tri-State Police Sticking With Beefed-Up Security At Theaters

Pedestrians pass an AMC movie theater in Times Square in New York City

Pedestrians pass an AMC movie theater in Times Square. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – On the heels of the Colorado movie-theater massacre, authorities in the Tri-State Area are continuing their vigilance.

The NYPD is maintaining its presence at the 40 theaters showing “The Dark Knight Rises” for the rest of the weekend.

“To reassure the public, and out of abundance of caution, we will continue at least through today and tomorrow,” Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports 

Browne said that it’s a precaution against any would-be copycats, although he said that there have been no threats.

A similar plan is in store for the rest of the weekend at movie theaters in Connecticut, where State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said to expect to see stepped-up security.

“We’re going to keep this up indefinitely, where troopers will be making patrol checks,”  Vance said, “and we’ll assess it as time goes on.”

Vance added that whenever people go into public places they should stay alert, know where the exits are and always report suspicious activity to proper authorities.

Have you noticed extra security at theaters this weekend? Have you felt safe? Let us know in the comments section below…