Experts say NYC safer than ever in light of Boston attacks

Posted at 10:41 PM, Apr 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-26 00:54:33-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased older brother may have been planning an attack in New York City, authorities say, after the Boston massacre, but they never knew what they’d face when they got here.

There are security cameras — experts say — that can track suspicious movements tipping off police to a potential terrorist or attacks.

There are undercover officers, hundreds of cameras both visible and hidden, and then there’s the vigilant public.

Faisal Shazad was the terrorist convicted of trying to blow up a car bomb in Times Square back in 2010. It was a t-shirt vendor who saw the car smoke and called authorities.

With each thwarted attack, security experts say the city gets better at gathering intelligence and preventing another one.

A major piece of the city’s counter-terrorism efforts is a system that combines 4,000 security cameras with radiation detectors, license plate readers and 911 calls.

Even with all this, there are still no guarantees.

Tsarnaev allegedly told investigators that he and his brother were going to bring bombs to Times Square; a spontaneous plan with deadly consequences.

Lifrieri said the number of cameras remain classified.

Authorities say the brothers had a pressure cooker explosive and five pipe bombs to take on the trip.