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May 14, 2010 2:47 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Parking attendants trained to watch for terrorists

Parking attendants and meter maids could be the nation's latest line of defense against terror attacks.

A new government program aims to train thousands of parking industry employees nationwide to watch for and report anything suspicious. They're told to look for abandoned cars, or people hanging around garages, taking photographs or asking unusual questions.

Organizers say parking attendants and enforcement officers are as important to thwarting attacks as the two Times Square street vendors who alerted police to a smoking SUV that was found to contain a gasoline-and-propane bomb.

The program has been in the works for about a year and gave its first presentation at a convention this week in Las Vegas.

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