nypd-camerasIn light of the recent bombing attempt in Times Square, the NYPD’s plan to install a high tech surveillance network in Midtown Manhattan seems to have regained steam. NY officials installed high tech and expensive surveillance cameras after 9/11 in lower Manhattan with future plans to expand uptown. Since then, there has been much debate on the issue and budgetary constraints. After Saturday’s bomb scare in Times Square, the ideas to expand surveillance coverage between 34th to 59th streets from east side to west has regained attention.

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2202854905_4752c3a086It’s not everyday that the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the NYPD get to work together, but thanks to a GPS tracking device, the two teams were able to work together to catch thieves embroiled in a major heist..

First the NYPD contact the Wyoming troopers to let them know to keep a watch out for a stolen rental car. Fortunately the rental company had installed a GPS tracking device inside of the vehicle, so the NYPD was able to determine which region the car was in, which is why they contacted the Wyoming Highway Patrol. As a result, the Wyoming Highway Patrol was able to quickly spot the car this past monday night. The suspects in the car were immediately arrested and troops managed to find $37,000 in stolen jewelry, laptop computers, iPods and digital cameras in the car.

(Via Q2 KTVQ)

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2051034On Wednesday, the NYPD announced the first citywide crackdown for 2010 on drivers using phones. The NYPD issued a statement saying “texting or talking on a cell phone is dangerous and endangers both drivers and pedestrians.”

For 24 hours, starting this past midnight, anyone caught using a handheld device while driving will be fined $130. Officers intend to be relentless during this period and they say that they will not be accepting any excuses.

We can’t help but wonder if they got inspired to do this from watching Oprah’s monday episode about distracted driving?

(Via NBC New York)

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clip_image002.jpgIn the wake of a recent planned attack on a synagogue in New York City, one former NYC cop is offering rabbis a new way to protect themselves and their worshipers. Rabbi Gary Moscowitz is teaching his peers everything from martial arts to gun handling.

“Our idea is you can’t be spiritual if you’re dead. You have to be able to fight back to live another day,” martial arts expert Stuart Rosenberg said.

Moscowitz explains that teaching rabbis these skills is “an insurance policy. I hope it never has to go into effect.” To further his cause and to spread his doctrine of safety, he’s pushing state lawmakers to allow at least five people at houses of worship to carry guns. He claims that anyone could walk into a synagogue with a machine gun, giving unarmed worshipers no chance to protect themselves unless they know some self defense tactics.

“God forbid and God save us that someone would try to attack us. Why not let us know the skill in advance and be prepared just in case,” said Rabbi Mordechai Hecht.

For Moscowitz’s 100-hour training synagogue self defense sessions it’ll cost you $1,000.

(Via New York Post)

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