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City of Atlanta heightens security following Boston Marathon explosions

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

The city of Atlanta is not taking any chances following a deadly attack in Boston.

The city's public transportation, along with police and fire departments, are on high alert. The Atlanta Braves also plan to work with law enforcement to increase security at Braves home games Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mayor Kasim Reed, a spokesperson for the Atlanta Braves and a representative with MARTA all released statements outlining the steps they are taking to keep citizens safe.

Here is the statement released by MARTA:

In response to the explosions in Boston, MARTA is exercising an abundance of caution and heightening security on the transit system. While at this time there are no credible threats to transit, MARTA is asking employees and customers to be vigilant and remain on high alert.

The MARTA Police Department (MPD) is working directly with federal, state and local agencies, including the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) and the Transit Security Administration (TSA) in Washington, D. C. to stay updated on any recommendations related to public transit.

In addition, MARTA is in contact with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) and our liaison to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to ensure that we receive any pertinent information that may impact MARTA operations.

MARTA is taking the following proactive measures:

  • Deploying K-9 units to make additional patrols
  • Placing all specialized units on standby for activation
  • Increasing police presence
  • Placing all MARTA staff on heighten alert for any suspicious activity
  • Encouraging the public to ‘See Something, Say Something' and immediately report any suspicious activity or unattended packages to a MARTA Police officer or employee or call MPD at 404-848-4911
  • Encouraging all customers to download the See & Say App (available at www.itsmarta.com)
  • Maintaining communication with local emergency management offices
  • Maintaining communication with FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
  • Preparing MARTA Homeland Security protocols and procedures for activation if necessary

The Atlanta Braves director of public relations released this statement:

"Our awareness is heightened. We have been and remain in communication with law enforcement, public safety and other appropriate agencies as we prepare for our games tomorrow and Wednesday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this tragedy," Beth Marshall said.

Mayor Kasim Reed also assured the public the city was putting a plan in place to respond to any attacks in Atlanta.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the City of Boston today and all those who have been affected by today's tragic events. I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life and injuries suffered by so many people. Here at home, the City of Atlanta's first responders are currently taking additional measures to enhance the safety of our citizens and protect them from senseless acts of violence."

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