MTA police on heightened alert after bombings at Boston Marathon

Police and K-9 units have been patrolling LIRR

Police and K-9 units have been patrolling LIRR and subway stations across the region. (Credit: News 12)

HICKSVILLE - Authorities with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) remain on heightened alert after a pair of explosions killed at least three people at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The agency has deployed extra police and K-9 units to monitor LIRR, Metro-North and subway trains and stations across the region. And while riders' bags were subject to random search, many say the stronger police presence gives them a sense of security.

Furthermore, Nassau and Suffolk officers have been positioned at post offices, where many were dropping off their tax returns throughout the day.

Investigators say there are no immediate threats to the New York City area, but that significant precautions will be in place until further notice.

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