DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The explosions in Boston led to heightened security across the country. It was evident at Monday night’s Dallas Mavericks game, where CBS 11’s investigative reporter Mireya Villarreal said officers clearly increased their efforts to ensure fan safety.
“This is a typical terrorist type event,” said former FBI agent Danny Defenbaugh.
The size of the Mavs game is exactly what terrorists are looking for, according to Defenbaugh, who is a terrorism expert.
“They want to create the highest amount of damage and impact at any one setting.”
But sporting events aren’t the only places security is ramping up. Dallas Area Rapid Transit dispatchers were told, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, to notify all bus operators to conduct inspections of vehicles at every stop and layover point.
DART said it’s monitoring events in Boston and asking customers to be aware of their surroundings.
People attending this weekend’s Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival in downtown Fort Worth can expect to see more officers on foot and police in Arlington will maintain increased awareness and vigilance in light of today’s tragedy.
Both Dallas and Plano police departments are in contact with the Department of Homeland Security.
“Because there is no, any specific information related to Dallas, no we don’t have any other heightened awareness at this point; other than to be just cognizant of what’s happening in Boston and continuing our diligence in protecting our city,” said Dallas police Chief David Brown.
Players and fans echoed the sense of “protecting” one’s neighbor expressed by law enforcement, by taking a moment of silence to honor today’s victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
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