Heightened security measures taken at Circle of Lights ceremony

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Nov. 27, 2015)--Despite the heavy rains, many Hoosiers headed downtown for the annual Circle of Lights celebration.

Along with the live entertainment, festive lights and rain drops, there was a noticeable spike in the amount of officers patrolling the event.

The increase is consistent with the heightened level of security that is happening around the country and world.

"It's like layers of protection that each of us try and provide and that we each try and collaborate to increase the safety and security of venues like that," said Jay Abbott, Indianapolis FBI special agent in charge.

In the weeks following the deadly terror attacks in Paris and other parts of the country, Abbott  says more safety measures are needed but people should not live in fear.
"We have to have increased awareness. We can't be oblivious to the threat that's out there, the threat is real," said Abbott.

Despite the threat and increased security, people at the Circle of Lights didn't let it ruin their family tradition.
"I feel safe no matter what.  There's no sense in worrying about it, we are in America," said Raymond Raines.

"You don't have to be afraid.  You just get out here and live your life and have fun," said Nashay Wills.

"I have never feared for my life in indianapolis, I have seen how our police officers work and security, so i have no reason to fear it," said Mandy Moss.
"My other advice to Hoosiers would be go about your lives as normal otherwise the terrorists win," said Abbott.

Currently, there are no known threats against America or Indianapolis.

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