NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The NYPD is stepping up patrols in response to new terrorist threats around the country.
While officials say there are no direct threats against New York City, the NYPD says it is taking “appropriate precautionary measures.”
This is in response to a video released by terror group Al-Shabaab calling for attacks on shopping malls in Canada, the UK and the United States.
The department’s critical response teams and special counter-terrorism units will be out in force at popular shopping locations in midtown Manhattan.
Officials say extra patrols are also out in force in the 66, 90 and 71 precincts in Brooklyn where there are large orthodox Jewish communities.
A NYPD spokesperson has made a comment:
"The counter-terrorism bureau is aware of the recent "threat" and we have been in touch with our international and federal liaisons. Although there is no direct threats against New York City, as well as no credible intelligence of such, we have taken appropriate precautionary measures, such as alerting our Critical Response Vehicles and our "Hercules" (special counter-terrorism) Teams. This is something we regularly do in response to terror incidents/threats in other areas of the world that may impact NYC."