New York Police to Adopt London-Style Surveillance System


Using $25 million in grants from the Department of Homeland Security and the city of New York, the Big Apple’s police are moving toward a massive video surveillance security system that will use 116 license plate readers in fixed and mobile locations — including cars and helicopters — to detect, track and deter terrorists, the New York Times reports. By the end of this year, more than 100 cameras will have begun monitoring cars moving through Lower Manhattan, police officials told the Times.

The system, called the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, will resemble London's web of cameras and roadblocks that British officials said helped track suspects after the 2005 London subway bombings and the car bomb plots last month. If the program is fully financed, it will include not only license plate readers but also 3,000 public and private security cameras, a center staffed by police and private security officers, and roadblocks.


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