Some buildings adopting new security measures in wake of anniversary.
Despite no government warnings, many people fear that a terrorist strike is likely judging by the new security measures Noun 1. security measures - measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.; "military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
security being introduced throughout New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. office buildings within the past few days.
There may or may not be any basis for the upgraded security, but building managers aren't leaving it to chance. Both Cushman & Wakefield and Insignia are beefing up their security protocols this week. The latter has forbidden its key building managers from taking vacation this week.
Tishman Speyer recently established several new security procedures at Rockefeller Center Rockefeller Center, complex of buildings in central Manhattan, New York City, between 48th and 51st streets and Fifth Ave. and the Ave. of the Americas (Sixth Ave.). The project was sponsored by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. . Employees can no longer flash their driver's license Noun 1. driver's license - a license authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle
driver's licence, driving licence, driving license
license, permit, licence - a legal document giving official permission to do something
or passport on the way in--instead, a work-issued ID must be shown.
Tenants are now also asked to file a visitor's list with the next day's visitors names listed on it. The list has to be filed by 4 p.m. the day before.
One Rockefeller Center employee says that Tishman Speyer floated the idea of hiring bomb-sniffing dogs, much to the chagrin of its corporate tenants who would have footed the bill. The management firm apparently balked balk
v. balked, balk·ing, balks
1. To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
2. at the idea after tenants heard the cost.
Tishman Speyer declined to comment on the central mailroom or bomb-sniffing dogs proposal. A source close to Tishman Speyer says that the firm never suggested the introduction of bomb-sniffing dogs into the facility. He added that none of the added security measures in recent days were prompted by the one-year anniversary of the attacks.
The dogs would have ostensibly os·ten·si·ble
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity. been used at a central mailroom where everything that is sent to Rockefeller Center would be screened, according to the employee who works at 1230 Sixth Ave. The firm that the source works for has already been levied over $300,000 in operating expenses Operating expenses
The amount paid for asset maintenance or the cost of doing business, excluding depreciation. Earnings are distributed after operating expenses are deducted. for added security since the terrorist attacks.
Such a mailroom--which doesn't currently exist--would be processing mail that is now sent to more than a dozen different office buildings. Consolidating all of the mail rooms into one facility would also be very costly.
Several high-profile firms lease space within Rockefeller Center. Publisher Simon & Schuster Simon & Schuster
U.S. publishing company. It was founded in 1924 by Richard L. Simon (1899–1960) and M. Lincoln Schuster (1897–1970), whose initial project, the original crossword-puzzle book, was a best-seller. , Christie's auction house and broadcaster NBC NBC
in full National Broadcasting Co.
Major U.S. commercial broadcasting company. It was formed in 1926 by RCA Corp., General Electric Co. (GE), and Westinghouse and was the first U.S. company to operate a broadcast network. are some of the major tenants here.
Tishman Speyer may be on higher alert given last fall's anthrax anthrax (ăn`thrăks), acute infectious disease of animals that can be secondarily transmitted to humans. It is caused by a bacterium (Bacillus anthracis mailings, one of which infected an NBC staffer at 30 Rockefeller Center. Authorities sealed off the top floor at 30 Rockefeller Center and tested other NBC employees who worked there.
Needless to say, dogs are not commonly used to detect anthrax-laced mail. Their expertise is better suited to chemical agents or explosive materials.
Bomb sniffing dogs are very expensive to hire. One K-9 security expert estimated the cost of one dog with a handler at anywhere from $200 to $400 an hour. The top end can rise even more if the dog is working longer hours.
"Mechanical explosive detectors cannot detect what dogs can. Also, dogs are much more efficient, and time is of the essence A phrase in a contract that means that performance by one party at or within the period specified in the contract is necessary to enable that party to require performance by the other party.
Failure to act within the time required constitutes a breach of the contract. with bomb detection," said Dr. William McCarthy, president of Alexandria-based Threat Research, Inc. McCarthy is one of the foremost experts on K-9 security in the United States.
Since the terrorist attacks, McCarthy has seen demand spike for bomb-sniffing canine units. When asked if their cost justified bringing them into the commercial buildings, McCarthy posed a question in response.
"If there had been three more terrorist incidents since Sept. 11, tenants would be asking their landlords 'why don't we have K-9 units sniffing our mail and loading docks?"' said McCarthy.
Over the past year, several days have been singled out by the government--or local law enforcement-as higher risk than others. The Memorial Day weekend was one such span, which was compounded by the presence of Fleet Week here in New York City. Not long after that, there was much concern about a terrorist attack on July 4. As we now know, nothing transpired on either day.
"Regardless of the date, our tenants need to know about the emergency procedures," said Larry Conlon, director of asset services for Cushman & Wakefield.
Still, the perimeter security patrols will be enhanced around his properties.
Asked about the demand for bomb-sniffing dogs, Conlon replied that only one of tenants--and investment bank--has expressed an interest in using K-9's in the mailroom since the attacks last year.