After nearly simultaneous suicide bomb attacks rocked two American hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier today, the NYPD has moved to beef up security at related hotels here in New York. Eight people were killed and at least 50 more wounded in the attacks at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels; investigators say several of the suspected bombers were guests at the Marriott, and undetonated explosives were found on the hotel's 18th floor. Though officials here say there's nothing to suggest that terrorists may target NYC hotels, they're taking precautions anyway. In a statement, police Commissioner Ray Kelly says, "it's our standard practice now to take such precautions and to brief security directors in New York of what we learn." NY1 reports that critical response vehicles and members of the counterterrorism bureau have been assigned to the Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and dozens of other hotels. And a teleconference on hotel security is also being held in Downtown Manhattan today with a lieutenant on the scene. But will that be enough to keep hotel guests safe from another terrifying new threat: prank callers?
Security Stiffens at NYC Hotels Affiliated with Jakarta Bombings
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