NYPD ups security at British Consulate, Kelly calls for more cameras

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The NYPD has increased its presence at other spots in the city as well, including military recruiting stations. Credit: Metro file photo

The NYPD is beefing up security at the British Consulate in New York City in light of the gory attack on a soldier in London, cops said.

A British soldier was beheaded in broad daylight on a busy street in London on Wednesday afternoon, apparently by British nationals of Nigerian descent angry about Western interference in Muslim countries.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne emphasized that the increased security was not the result of any information that these places were being targeted.

“But in an abundance of caution, the NYPD has increased coverage on the British consulate … and other locations in the city as a result of the fatal attack on an active serving British soldier near the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich Common in southeast London,” Browne said in a statement.

The NYPD is also increased security at military recruiting stations in the city.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly discussed the importance of security cameras today, and dismissed questions about privacy concerns citizens may have, noting that a recent poll found that 8 in 10 New Yorkers want more surveillance cameras around the city.

“Critics say… people are concerned about privacy,” Kelly said. “Apparently people aren’t concerned about it, because they realize the genie’s out of the bottle.”

“Y ou go into a department store, your picture’s taken 30 times,” Kelly pointed out. “That’s the world in which we live. We need cameras, in my judgement, to protect the city.”

Kelly noted that London and New York both have 5,000 cameras citywide.

 

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