INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 25, 2015) – As millions of Hoosiers embark on holiday plans, public venues nationwide are increasing security in the wake of heightened alerts.
Jay Abbott, FBI special agent in charge of the Indianapolis field office, said operations have already changed since the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
“Because of the attacks that have occurred, the FBI at the national level has increased its scrutiny on those subjects that we have concern with,” Abbott said.
On Tuesday the FBI told FOX 59 it is monitoring a number of individuals in Central Indiana that have shown signs of homegrown, violent extremism.
The attacks in Paris have resulted in increased surveillance at public venues nationwide including malls, stadiums and restaurants.
The FBI has warned local law enforcement that a Paris-like attack could be replicated, although no credible threat has been identified.
“The one thing we’re most concerned about is the possibility for someone to commit a copycat-type attack from one of those who would be a homegrown violent extremist somewhere in the United States,” Abbott said.
Simon Property Group, which owns a majority of malls in Central Indiana, released the following statement on its security procedures this weekend:
The safety and well-being of our shoppers, retailers and employees is our top priority.
Many of our security measures are visible to the public, including a robust security force and continuous patrol routes on property and the deployment of law enforcement personnel. Other security measures are not visible to our shoppers and not disclosed to avoid compromising our efforts. All of our efforts are closely coordinated with local and national law enforcement agencies.
Each center has a detailed security plan in place for the holidays, which we will continually evaluate and modify as needed. Our shoppers are also encouraged to follow Homeland Security’s recommendation of “see something, say something” and other general safety tips when in public.
Simon is regularly in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and is an active member of the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC). Simon’s security policies and procedures have been safety act certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security as effective anti-terrorism measures.
Also, the Indianapolis Colts have reminded fans to arrive early on Sunday because enhanced security that will be in place.
The Indianapolis Colts recommend fans arrive earlier than normal to Lucas Oil Stadium and Touchdown Town for all home games due to enhanced security measures.
Public safety at Colts games is always a priority, and always in a state of heightened awareness. As a reminder, the NFL and Colts recommend fans attending a game at Lucas Oil Stadium bring only those items deemed necessary. Referencing bags: Please be CLEAR on GAMEDAY SAFETY and visit www.nfl.com/allclear.
“We can’t ever be over-confident that we have a foolproof defense,” Abbott said. “But because our stature being ever vigilant, we have a bit more confidence and continue to try and stay in that high level of readiness.”