There is nothing phony about New York City's efforts to protect the subway system, except of course the three story Brooklyn brownstone that masquerades as a home, but is really an unmarked emergency exit that leads to the heart of the subway system.
The location is used by police to enter and exit the system and needs round the clock protection and surveillance.
The recent bombing in Moscow and the busted plot to blow up the New York City subway system has increased the concern of law enforcement officials in their battle to blanket a day and night system that carries an average 5 million riders a day through 468 stations.
High-tech explosive detection devices, police stake-outs and security cameras are being used to protect the subway.
The NYPD's counterterrorism division has also been studying the mass transit attacks that took place in Madrid, London and Bombay to learn about the latest terror tactics.
"We look at how the devices were brought in," said Inspector Martin Conway, counterterrorism coordinator for the NYPD's transit bureau. "Was it liquid explosives? Remote detonation? Male or female suicide bomber? Anything that would give us some intelligence so we can adjust."
The continuous, non-stop security coverage is not without its issues. Due to the tedious nature of long shifts of just watching, some efforts fall short as PIX 11 News uncovered in reports about an officer dozing off in a booth on a platform at Grand Central Terminal and security cameras that do not work.
Despite those problems the work to protect the subway system rolls on with tens of thousands of random bag searches, heavily armed officers patrolling with pager-size radiation detectors and bomb sniffing dogs sweeping through the subway system.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun