After Boston suspects found, continued vigilance encouraged here
Even though the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are off the streets, the Department of Homeland Security is pleading with all of us to report anything suspicious.
They want everyone to be on higher alert as police dramatically increase security at events like the Little 500 in Bloomington, the Purdue GrandPrix in West Lafayette, and the Race for the Cure in Indianapolis.
"It's terrifying, I'm not gonna lie," said former Indiana resident Marianna Diveris from her home in Boston, where she remained on lock down all day Friday.
"They're just telling us to continue to stay in our house and don't go outside," said Diveris. "Don't answer your door for anyone. That's scary stuff. Not something you hear everyday."
As the nation watched the manhunt in Boston unfold, Indiana officials received updates from the FBI about what Hoosiers should be looking out for in the coming days.
"We currently do not have any credible information that there's a threat to anybody in Indiana, and it's important for us to remember that at this point," said State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.
Still, Homeland Security said they want to know if Hoosiers notice anything amiss.
"We can't be in every inch of every mile of every event, so we're very dependent on citizens participating and those around to notify us," said Gary Coons, Chief of Indianapolis's Division of Homeland Security.
Several events will be going on this weekend, with even bigger events ahead.
"You'll see a more visual, our explosive dogs out there and our partnerships with our state and federal partners like at the Pacers games," explained Coons.
Not to mention hundreds of cameras that will be monitoring what's going on at events and on the streets.
"About 10 percent (of the cameras) are down right now," said Coons. "We're getting closer. Every time one goes down we, as we said before, we try to get our agency out there to fix 'em."
The state recently learned federal grants that would have helped purchase more cameras would not be coming through this year.
"We think our risk is as serious as Chicago or LA or New York, so that's one of the challenges that we're going to face going forward with some of this diminished federal funding," said Homeland Security Director John Hill.
Homeland Security said they're ready and want people to go about their lives, but be aware. "We think Hoosier vigilance is very important," said Hill.