WPD plans to step up protection following acts of terror


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are rethinking security after the latest terrorist attack in New York.

Multiple people died after a truck drove onto a bike path in New York, an act of terror that could happen anywhere.

“I don’t know if I’ll be worried, but I’ll be a little cautious, you know look around and make sure if you see anything that’s out of place try to tell somebody,” resident Louann Carroll said.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said the unthinkable is now the thinkable, so they are changing how they handle security especially during future events with large crowds.

“We have to understand how we lived before is different than how we have to live now, and now we have to prepared,” Chief Evangelous said.

Many locations in downtown Wilmington are used for large public events and Chief Evangelous said that he will do whatever it takes to continue to make the events and our streets safe.

“Every situation is unique to itself, but we will use whatever tool we have at our disposal to stop that event. Period, whatever it takes we will do it,” Chief Evangelous said.

Chief Evangelous said they are looking into a possible permanent solution like having barriers in the ground that could go up or down and using some type of heavy vehicles to block streets.

“There has always been evil in this world from the beginning of mankind and there always will be and our job is to try to protect the public from evil,” Chief Evangelous said.

Meanwhile people like Carroll said they refuse to be afraid.

“They can try to make anywhere we live if they let us, but we’re just going to have to stop, try to go on with our day to day lives,” Carroll said.

Chief Evangelous said keeping our streets safe is a team effort.

People need to be aware of their surroundings and if they see, feel, or smell anything out of the ordinary to call them.

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