- New York City officials will be increasing police security and anti-terrorist force on New Year’s Eve.
- The additional security measures are in light of recent terror attacks in Germany and France.
A huge gathering of people has become a cause of concern for U.S. authorities since multiple terror attacks took place in France and Germany recently. Since New Year’s Eve is known to be a crowd puller, NYC will not be taking chances with regards to the safety of people.
New York Times Square To Experience Security Like Never Before
To begin with, 7,000 additional policemen will be assigned to one of the most congested areas during the New Year celebrations – Times Square.
So as the ball drops at midnight, don’t be surprised to see 65 sand-filled garbage trucks stationed at either ends of the street.
Apparently, these are being done to prevent terrorist attacks like the ones in Berlin and Nice. They were caused by terrorists driving large trucks into busy places with the intention of mass murder.
Starting Saturday, security forces armed with heavy artillery and bomb sniffing dogs will be posted in Times Square. Hundreds of CCTV cameras will be put up for surveillance.
Plain clothes officers will do the rounds near the area, and helicopters will be seen patrolling the area. Also, any person caught making more noise than usual may be subjected metal and radiation detectors.
“We are going to have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events in one of the safest venues in the entire world,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press meet, reports The Wall Street Journal.
New York Central Park and Coney Island To Be Monitored Too
However, O’Neill assured people that there is no imminent threat from terrorist groups at the moment. Precautions are being done to prevent any such attacks from happening in the near future.
Security is not only being amped up in New York Times Square alone. Places such as Central Park and the Coney Island (hot spots for party goers) will also see police presence.
Hotels, theaters and parking lots will be thoroughly inspected by the police for suspicious objects.