Security company for World Trade Center could lose contract over breaches

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NEW YORK — Following a series of recent security breaches at One World Trade Center, that last of which occurred on Friday, the company that is in charge of security at the site is under scrutiny, according to the Star-Ledger.

The most recent breach occurred around 4 p.m. Friday. A 54-year-old man from Queens walked onto the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks through a gate opened for a delivery. The Star-Ledger reports that a guard working for Summit Security Services was talking to the truck driver when the man slipped through the gate unnoticed.

The man was spotted inside the fence by another guard and was cited for trespassing by police.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said recently it was reviewing measures now in place and the performance of Summit Security Services.

“A security breach is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Joe Dunne. “If our current security providers cannot meet the strict performance measures included in their contract, they will be replaced.”

Three other breaches have occurred since last September. On Wednesday, April 9, a construction worker went to the site for a job interview but did not know exactly where to go. He too walked through an open gate that was opened for a delivery, the Star-Ledger said.

Last month, a teenage boy crawled through a hole in a fence and made his way all the way to the top of One World Trade Center. In September 2013, four men allegedly climbed the nation’s tallest building on and parachuted more than 1,300 feet off the skyscraper. The four men were arrested for the stunt last month.

Summit Security Services officials refused the Star-Ledger‘s request for comment.

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  • Mark Stabler

    As soon as another major incident occurs they will know the present company isn’t or can’t handle the job. As required by all government action a committe will be formed to investigate and make recommendations. After a couple years they will then determine if that same company should continue to perform security. That’s how it works.

  • Alex Nemets

    Hey dude, you wanted cheap security – you got it. Do you know that most of those guys have hold at least 2 full time positions just to keep their families alive? In average security guard working 70 hours a week at a slow week. They underpaid, overworked and sleep deprived.And those security guards treated with disrespect by their employers and clients who hold contracts with the employer. For as long as security guys getting pay like 2 cents above federal minimum wages what the hell you expect? Pay them as Hollywood stars paying to their bodyguards and you will see the difference.

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