"New York City is almost halfway to its goal of installing 3,000 cameras as part of a network to monitor signs of terrorism, about triple the number it had in June," Bloomberg News reports.
The $201 million Midtown and Lower Manhattan security initiatives have picked up speed in the past year. As New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in September, "we have thwarted plots in Times Square and Herald Square, and we know that the city remains in the crosshairs. ... The Lower and Midtown Manhattan Security Initiatives are part of our response to an evolving and persistent threat."
As NPR's Dina Temple-Raston and Robert Smith reported in July, 2007, several U.S. cities were then starting to examine London's extensive network of surveillance cameras to see if they wanted similar systems.