Security will be increased at BP MS 150 this weekend
Law enforcement in Houston is carefully watching what is going on in Boston following Monday’s bombings of the Boston Marathon. Some precautions are already being taken.
Security is going to be increased for this weekend's running of the BP MS 150 bike race. Danny Coulson, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, told KTRH what we might see.
“Some places won’t allow backpacks. Some places are very much aware about where cars are parked. There are a lot of things that could be done to minimize the threat,” Coulson explained.
Coulson says race officials and police will be ready.
“I’m sure they’ll look at what’s coming up and start coming up with procedures,” Coulson said.
Coulson says the fear everywhere is going to be some sort of copycat attack.
“There are a lot of disturbed people out there who see one thing go down and think they can do that. We see that in active shooter situations,” Coulson explained.
Terrorism expert Joan Neuhaus Schaan says marathons and bike races are tough to protect.
“The marathon is so spread out. There’s no way you can secure the entire route,” Neuhaus Schaan told our television partner, Local 2.
While Coulson agrees, he also says you can help the police.
“Be aware. If you see a backpack lying somewhere by itself get away from it and tell the police,” Coulson stated.
Officials do say they have no intelligence to suggest Houston would be a target for a similar attack. Other big events coming up in Houston include the Astros return to Minute Maid Park on Friday. The Houston International Festival is this weekend. Our sister station 94.5 The Buzz has Buzzfest on Saturday in the Woodlands. And Carrie Underwood will be at Toyota Center a week from tonight.