U.K. steps up security in Jewish areas in wake of Paris attacks

Gabe Friedman

(JTA) — The United Kingdom is increasing security patrols around Jewish areas in response to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“The global picture of terrorist activity does give us heightened concern about the risk to the Jewish community in the UK,” said Britain’s assistant police commissioner and lead counterterrorism official Mark Rowley in a statement Friday.

“In addition to our existing security measures, we are in dialogue with Jewish Community leaders about further actions that we will taking, including more patrols in key areas,” Rowley said.

The statement said that these actions were discussed after the attacks in Paris last week that left 17 dead.

Rowley also referenced Thursday’s police raids on an apartment of suspected Islamic radicals in Belgium who were allegedly planning imminent terrorist attacks.

The assistant police commissioner added that the U.K.’s chief constables are discussing ways to address the “deliberate targeting” of police officers.

The U.K. previously stepped up security around Jewish schools in 2012 after the shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, which left four dead, the Guardian reported.