North Bergen, West New York beef up security after Paris attacks

“It’s a terrible tragedy; we’ve increased patrols in our area to protect our infrastructure,” says North Bergen Police Capt. William Lyons. “We’re working with other Hudson County agencies to keep the area clear.”

Their number one concern is the residents and visitors of North Bergen.

“My message to all the viewers out there: ‘If you see something, say something,’” Lyons says.

And over in West New York they also put more cops on the ground and encourage the public to be their eyes and ears.

“This is all about educating the community to make sure if they see something unusual, like in Paris – let us know,” says Mayor Felix Roque.

New York City is always on terrorist’s radar and people on this side of the river are obviously concerned.

“There’s a lot of people out there that hate this country and you could be anywhere in the United States and be a target,” says West New York Police Director Robert Antelos.

According to the mayor, residents shouldn’t be afraid to go out in public.

“We have the best police department in the state and I believe that we will make sure that we protect them,” Roque says.

What does it take to be fully prepared for something that’s not yet known?

“There’s not much you can do, so you have to live your life — you can’t live in fear,” Antelos says. “Just be aware of your surroundings. Be more alert and pay attention to the news.”

To stop and isolate ourselves is to let terror win and that’s definitely not an option.

“This is America, home of the free,” Antelos says.

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