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City tightens security at Islamic centers during Ramadan

world Updated: Jul 29, 2010 09:57 IST
New York

The New York Police Department has said it would tighten security around mosques and Muslim centres in the city during the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Police patrols will be beefed up at all existing religious centers and sites of future ones from August 11 to September 9, the department said in a statement, referring to controversial plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero.

"During Ramadan, the Department will increase foot posts around mosques, assign patrol cars to houses of worship and select areas, and deploy additional plainclothes anti-crime units to deter burglaries," the NYPD said.

The department's Hate Crimes Task Force "also will continue regular hate-crime awareness training throughout the city... (and) will visit mosques and sites where future mosques are proposed."