Bronx commuters still cautious after heightened terrorist threat

Police are still on heightened alert to ensure the safety of Bronx subway riders.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY) announced Thursday security on New York City transit lines will be increased due to a possible terrorist threat. The NYPD is stepping up security by conducting bag and stroller searches along with undercover surveillance operations. Bloomberg says the discreet police presence is part of the city?s security design. On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said the threat may not be as serious as initially thought. Bloomberg dismissed these allegations saying if required he would repeat his actions and it is his responsibility to protect the people of New York.

Despite a bomb scare that closed part of Penn Station Friday morning, Bloomberg is urging residents to continue with their daily lives and travel the subways. To enforce his plea, Bloomberg rode the subway to work Friday and says he will continue to do so. Bloomberg along with city officials are asking commuters to cooperate by limiting their number of packages and strollers if possible. Officials are also stressing what has become a subway theme: if someone sees something then say something.

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