NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Security remains tight at the British consulate, military recruiting stations and other locations around New York City after an apparent terror attack in London.
The NYPD said Wednesday that it was beefing up security in an “abundance of caution” and not based on information that the facilities were targeted.
“We move swiftly with world events to change our coverage accordingly as a precaution,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. “We’ll take precautions to make sure there’s not a follow on attack here or copycat interested in targeting military personnel or British subjects here in New York.”
Two men with butcher knives hacked another to death Wednesday near a London military barracks and one then went on video to explain the crime — shouting political statements, gesturing with bloodied hands and waving a meat cleaver.
“It shows you that terrorism can be effected with the most basic of tools or instruments, things that are readily available. You don’t need a level of high sophistication to create terror,” police commissioner Ray Kelly said Thursday.
“Well, we always have our ear to the ground. We’d like to know more about the individuals’ motives, their backgrounds. We have a very close relationship with the Metropolitan Police. As you know, we have police officers assigned in London, so we’re getting information and we want to see, of course, if there’s any connectivity to New York,” the commissioner added.
Kelly said more NYPD officers have been assigned to the British consulate and U.S. armed forces recruiting facilities.