Fearing Berlin-style vehicular attacks during New Year’s Eve celebrations, New York authorities will deploy dozens of trucks on city streets to boost security.
About 65 sand and sanitation trucks will be placed in “strategic locations” around Times Square, where more than a million people are expected to attend the traditional New Year’s Eve ball drop, New York police Chief of Department Carlos Gomez told a news conference.
An additional hundred or more “blocker” vehicles will be deployed elsewhere throughout the city to prevent vehicles from plowing into the crowd, he added.
“We paid close attention to events in Nice and Berlin, we have enhanced security measures,” Gomez said.
The deployment will reinforce the already massive security regime adopted in recent years, including some 7,000 police and anti-terrorist forces in uniform and plain clothes patrolling the areas around Times Square and other planned festivities across the city, he added.
Pedestrians wishing to access Times Square will have to settle for carrying only small bags and passing through at least two security checks, where any objects deemed dangerous – including alcohol and even umbrellas – will be prohibited.
In July, a truck driven by a Muslim Tunisian terrorist cut down a crowd gathered in the French city of Nice to mark the national Bastille Day holiday, murdering 86 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Last week, another Muslim Tunisian terrorist murdered 12 people when he smashed a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin. Italian police eliminated the ISIS terrorist, several days later after stopping him for a document check in Milan.