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Local police chief, terror expert talk latest British attack

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Local terrorism experts and officials are reacting to the third and latest attack on British soil in just as many months.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary McNamara says an incident similar to the London Bridge attack could happen in his town, but he is urging people to go about their business while being aware of what's going on around them. McNamara says local police are always trying to find a way to prevent such attacks.

"This new method of attack really forces us to look at other ways in which we can protect the public in public settings," he says.

Ken Gray is a retired FBI special agent and teaches at the University of New Haven. He says the London Bridge attack over the weekend is an example of a soft target, where unsuspecting people are left exposed to an attack.

Gray started a database at the university that shows the attack is the 17th most recent use of vehicles as weapons. But he says the problem with threats like these is that there is no warning.

"We don't have a lot of history on how to defend against that and so because it is so new to us it's difficult to know how to approach this type of threat," says Gray.

Gray says the best we can do is be on alert since terror acts come in cycles. One solution in the London Bridge attack, he offers, is to put up Jersey barriers to stop cars from jumping the curb.

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