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Reports of Suspicious Packages Up Since Failed Times Square Bombing

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Things appear to be back to normal in Times Square, after police shut down vehicle and pedestrian traffic for about an hour Fridayafternoon. An NYPD bomb squad checked out a suspicious cooler just a block from where a failed car bomb was found last weekend. Police officials say reports of suspicious packages are UP since last Saturday. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the City has seen a 30 percent spike in reports of suspicious packages since the Times Square incident. Before the attempted car bombing, police were getting an average of 90 to 100 such calls a day. The NYPD is working on deploying so called "smart cameras" that have software that can automatically identify and alert police when packages have been improperly abandoned at key locations.

For WNYC I'm Bob Hennelly.

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