NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police are blanketing midtown Manhattan with temporary surveillance cameras as one of many security measures being taken to protect visitors for the Super Bowl.
The cameras will supplement a network of permanent surveillance cameras that provide live feeds to monitors at an NYPD command center. Officers there watch for possible terror threats and other suspicious activity.
Hundreds of extra uniformed and plainclothes officers also will be assigned to protect “Super Bowl Boulevard,” a 13-block street fair on Broadway in Times Square that’s expected to draw large crowds.
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In New Jersey, up to 700 state troopers will patrol in and around MetLife Stadium on game day. The NFL has committed another 3,000 private security officers to the event.
FBI analysts are also monitoring the latest intelligence to detect any specific threats against the Super Bowl.
New Jersey’s Attorney General is also warning fans to aware of scams.
“Consumers should be alert to scams involving ticket sales, apartment or house rentals, travel packages, and counterfeit merchandise,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.
Officials say if you’re buying last-minute tickets, check the reputation of the vendor or website because they could be selling counterfeits.
“Hopefully you have your ticket by now, but watch out for scalpers,” said Claire Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York. “The only way really to get those tickets or to have gotten those tickets was through the leagues, through the ticket exchange. Brokers are regulated, the teams obviously are guaranteed, scalpers are not — they’re unregulated, they’re unlicensed.”