Port Authority Names New Security Contractor For WTC Site After Security Breaches
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — After a series of high-profile security breaches, a shakeup in security has been announced at the World Trade Center site.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Wednesday that it has contracted with Allied Barton Security to provide unarmed guards at the One World Trade Center building.
The security change came after four skydivers were charged in connection with a BASE jump off the building on Sept. 30.
Police said the four squeezed through a hole in a fence and climbed 104 flights of stairs before leaping from the tower. Surveillance video captured the men landing in front of the Goldman Sachs building.
Then in March, authorities said Justin Casquejo dressed as a construction worker when he squeezed through a hole in a fence at about 4 a.m. on March 16 and climbed to the top of the building.
The teen was only caught and questioned after spending more than an hour at the top of the building, according to authorities.
The building’s head of security resigned late in March, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, said it’s reassessing security.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)has called on the Department of Homeland Security to survey the entire site, which is considered one of the world’s top terror targets, and conduct a full assessment of potential pitfalls and flaws.
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