OAKLAND (KCBS) — Transit officials increased security Friday at Bay Area BART stations in the wake of a terrorist bombing in London that left 22 people injured.

While saying there has not been a threat against the agency’s trains, BART officials said the deployment of the additional officers was part of its “See Something Say Something” campaign.

BART Police Deputy Chief Ed Alvarez said at a press conference at the West Oakland station that riders will see an increased number of uniformed officers in the downtown San Francisco and Oakland areas.

“We’re looking for unattended and suspicious packages. That stuff sticks out. It’s pretty obvious,” said BART Police Deputy Chief Alvarez. “People that look suspicious, anything out of the ordinary, anything that’s outside of the normal commuter.”

Transit officials asked riders to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity by calling 510-464-7000 or using the BART Watch App.

Some riders said staying vigilant is something they do already.

“Try not to sleep, keep my eyes open, be aware,” said rider James Owens.

“I don’t know what more I can do,” said BART Rider Andy Kashyam.  “I’m always aware of my surroundings, so I don’t know what more I can do.”

With almost a half a million people riding BART each weekday, some commuters worry it could become a target for terror.

“I think there’s always a threat when you’re putting yourself out in a public space and traveling with a million strangers,” said BART rider Lauren Sampere.

BART officials said they’re paying officers overtime for the extra patrols and will use some funding from TSA to maintain a visible police presence.

BART Police will have an increased presence for the next couple of days, but won’t say exactly how long they’ll have the increased patrols.

Meanwhile, hundreds of British police were embarking on a massive manhunt Friday, racing to find out who placed a homemade bomb on a packed London subway train during the morning rush hour.

The explosion — labeled a terrorist attack by police — wounded 22 people and ignited a panicked stampede to safety. Experts said London may have escaped far worse carnage because it appeared that the bomb only partially exploded.

“Clearly, this was a device that was intended to cause significant harm,” Prime Minister Theresa May said after chairing a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee.

Police called it a terrorist attack, the fifth in Britain this year.

Witnesses described seeing a “wall of fire” as the bomb — hidden in a plastic bucket inside a supermarket freezer bag — went off about 8:20 a.m. while the train was at the Parsons Green station in southwest London.

It was not a large explosion, and British police and health officials said none of the injured was thought to be seriously hurt.

Comments (2)
  1. Anna Cottage says:

    How long more are the British Public going to be subjected to these Terrorist attacks. We here in the UK have become far too soft, we don’t speak up for fear of being called a racist. There was CCTV on the District Line as there is on all the others, I don’t believe the Police, the Security Forces, the Government don’t know who the Bomber was or where the Terrorist Cell is. The Terrorists live amongst us and we are expected to keep quiet. The call goes up Racist if you are White, Racist definitely if you voted for Brexit, Racist if you want the Terrorist sought out, even if you fly the St George’s Cross Flag. Enough is surely enough, 22 hurt today on the District Line including a young Boy aged 10 years, no confirmed Deaths. The next bomb no doubt is heading towards us. We need a very strong Government, not Lefty Pinkos ie Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, Theresa May a very nice Lady but not strong enough, we need another Thatcher.. Stay Safe.

  2. Anna Cottage says:

    I am shocked to hear that about Sweden and what’s going on, surely the Government has to do something. I agree totally with you with all you say, I voted for Brexit for several reasons one had to be Immigration, that Tony Blair as PM opened up the flood gates and since they have just poured in. Up North in England they have a problem with Pakistani Men kidnapping White girls off the Streets and gang raping, what does the Government do, nothing, as for the Police useless. In the prisons where those being deported are held, the Prison Officers can’t control them its mayhem. The Country is in such a mess, we have the lefty pinkos under Corbyn threatening to take over, God help us all. We need an extremely strong person like Margaret Thatcher to take over. The BBC is so far left, it seems white people are scared in case they offend anyone and are called racist. One can feel the melting pot, soon I fear that there will be riots on the streets, the other day the Police arrested some military personnel for belonging to a far right group, its not them they should have arrested. Even the Royals are now being infiltrated, time they went. I used to from age 18 until Blair was PM I voted Labour, changed soon after that. Something very bad is going to happen here, one can sense it. We need to see Germany stronger, too many dangerous, really dangerous people have been left in here.