Stressing a spike in global terrorism, outgoing NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly warned Tuesday that another attack — on a “soft target” like a mall — could happen here if crimefighters let their guard down. Kelly, speaking at the 30th annual NYPD Shield conference with private security leaders, noted that in 2012 alone, terrorists carried out 8,500 attacks worldwide, a 69% increase from 2011.
He said the bloodshed resulted in 15,500 deaths, an 89% jump in a single year. “More than ever this is a time for vigilance, not complacency,” said Kelly. With 16 terror plots targeting New York City foiled since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including six since 2009, Kelly said the city remains “squarely in the cross hairs of the terrorists.”
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