BOSTON (CBS) – City officials plan to up security measures at Monday’s Boston Marathon with the help of ‘anti-drone technology,’ they announced at a press conference Friday.
Along with security cameras and increased police presence, “it’s just another piece of technology we’re going to need that day,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.
Evans said there’s currently no security threat.
“Don’t be intimidated,” he said. “We don’t want this to look like an unsafe environment.”
City officials encouraged the public to get into the city early and use public transportation because of expected road closures. Roads will begin closing around Boston starting at 5a.m.
Newbury Street and Huntington Ave. will be closed off to cars. When Boylston Street reaches a certain capacity, official plan to redirect spectators down the two streets.
Anyone who is near the Marathon route is subject to random security searches.
Despite the heightened security planned for the Boston Marathon, city officials ensured the public that the event will still be a positive and exciting environment for families.
Walsh described the marathon as, “a celebration of what we all love about Boston.”