NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Security was beefed up in New York City on Monday night, in the aftermath of twin explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon earlier in the day.
NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb that the city is stepping up security at hotels, as well as other prominent locations, through deployment of the NYPD’s critical response vehicles.
Browne added that the additional security would remain until more is learned about the explosions.
“We are in the crosshairs of terrorists and we don’t believe the threat has diminished very much. We don’t know the genesis of this; we don’t know who’s responsible for it, but we sort of have to have a 360-degree perimeter in this city,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Monday night.
Kelly said because of past attacks and plots against the city, he expects New Yorkers to stay vigilant.
“New Yorkers should be alert. We ask them to be aware of their surrounding and [if they] see anything suspicious, call our resources, call 911, call 311 if it’s not an immediate emergency,” Kelly told Pelley.
On the heightened alert, Kelly said, “This is what we do, we’ve done it in the past and we’re doing it right now.”
Sources told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer the main focus will be on Manhattan hotels, because that’s where the Boston explosions took place. But there will also be increased security in Times Square, where the city has had a terror alert in the past, and at synagogues, monuments, landmarks like the Empire State Building and all the bridges and tunnels.
As CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, a line of patrol cars was set up in Times Square to remind everyone that vigilance is the top priority. More than a half-dozen NYPD cruisers were lined up along Seventh Avenue between 41st and 42nd streets, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.