What can we do? You’ve heard the phrase a thousand times. A day after the bombings in Boston, which President Obama today describes as “an act of terror,” officials around the country and in New York are asking us to keep alert for strange packages and individuals. Investigators have not characterized anyone or any group that could have been possibly involved.
The NYPD says there are no known threats against the city, but because they don’t know who is responsible for the Boston terror attack, security experts say they have to be vigilant and cover all the bases.
Here are some of the full statements issued Monday:
MTA: “The MTAPD is increasing patrols coverage and bag inspections. All security personnel will remind all employees to be vigilant. The increased coverage will continue until we fully understand the cause of the explosions in Boston. NYPD is also on alert and indicated they will give additional attention to the subway system.”
NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s statement: “As law enforcement authorities investigate today’s explosions in Boston, I ask all New Yorkers to keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers. I have spoken with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the NYPD has stepped up security at strategic locations and critical infrastructure, including our subways. Some of the security steps we are taking may be noticeable, including deployment of Critical Response Vehicles and additional police personnel, and others will not be. We have 1,000 members of the NYPD assigned to counter-terrorism duties, and they – along with the entire NYPD and the investments we have made in counter-terrorism infrastructure – are being fully mobilized to protect our city.”