A man leaves an SUV on Times Square in New York City. It begins to smoke, and an alert vendor and a nearby police officer bring the NYPD bomb squad to the scene. The man who left the vehicle is captured on video changing shirts, checking to see if anyone is watching him make his getaway.
This is one of the few instances in which police surveillance cameras will earn their keep.
When it comes to deterring crime and terrorism, police on the beat are still the sharpest tool we have. The Times Square plot was foiled by an alert person and a prompt police response, not a camera.
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