Head Of 1 World Trade Center Security Resigns After Breaches

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The head of security for 1 World Trade Center has resigned after a
number of high-profile arrests of people who snuck into the site at
night undetected, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

A spokesman for the Durst Organization, the company that manages 1 World Trade Center, confirmed to the AP that security boss David Velazquez resigned Friday. The spokesman said the company only took over security of the tower in January and that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was responsible for securing the perimeter of the site, according to the AP.

Three BASE jumpers accessed the tower last September and filmed their skydiving session on a helmet camera, only to turn themselves in to authorities this week. Last week, a New Jersey 16-year-old was arrested while leaving the tower after making his way to the roof for a two-hour photo session. Two CNN producers were also arrested this week for trespassing while working on a story about the rash of recent security breaches.

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