Trump Tower Gets Security Upgrades to Safeguard President-Elect Residence
Donald Trump has been told his luxury apartment on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is a security nightmare and will require significant measures to secure Trump Tower and the surrounding area.
MIDTOWN, Manhattan – Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan is getting a security upgrade befitting a presidential elect.
Trump Tower has long been a daily attraction for throngs of shoppers and tourists, but now it is home to the man who will become the next president. That means an unprecedented security overlay of physical barriers, frozen zones, street closures and heavily armed and specially trained NYPD officers to secure the building.
Among the security build up, large new concrete barriers have been deployed in the area. It’s an effort to keep a car bomb from entering or damaging the building. A two-mile “no-fly-zone” has also been established around the tower by the FAA until Inauguration Day on Jan 20.
“This becomes a security nightmare for the NYPD,” security expert Joe Giacalone told abc7ny.com (view video below).
Giacalone, a former NYPD detective, believes Trump Tower, a public building, offers a number of unique challengers for the secret service and the NYPD.
“Especially now that he is the President-elect, people are going to want to go see it. It’s going to become another big tourist attraction, so I think we’re going to see a combination of private security and the NYPD,” he said.
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Pedestrians have already been clogging the sidewalks on the West side of Fifth Avenue, with police officers moving them along. NYPD officials are now in talks with the secret service, abc7ny.com reported, and have previously said the Tower represents numerous challenges.
However, now, seeing dump trucks and salt spreaders lining Fifth Avenue, and normally crowded sidewalks barricaded with limited access, New Yorkers are trying to get used to the new changes.
“I actually think it’s only going to be for a limited time. I think it’s for right now, because of all the hype regarding the election, but I figure about a month or two, it will be back to normal,” said Laseanda Covington.
“We can’t have dump trucks all up and down the avenue. I mean, it’s just not practical, and it doesn’t look nice, so I think this is going to happen one day at a time, so to speak,” adds Giacalone.
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