Officials are ramping up security efforts ahead of the Super Bowl by using elaborate techniques to keep visitors and fans safe.
Homeland Security crews installed 75 cameras that will keep an eye on downtown Indianapolis and the thousands of fans that will pack the Circle City throughout the 10-day celebration.
"If somebody is thinking about committing a crime, they do see that we have eyes up there and we can see if they do anything and respond to it, Homeland Security Chief Gary Koons said. "A lot of the cameras were purchased through Urban Area Security Intervention grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Over the last nine years, Indianapolis has used the grants to purchase cameras, bomb suits and other technologies to keep people safe."
The surveillance network will link in with cameras already installed around the Indiana War Memorial by a state agency that keeps watch on more than 24 acres of property and green space throughout downtown, RTV6's Jack Rinehart
Brigadier Gen. Stewart Goodwin, of the Indiana War Memorial, said keeping tabs on downtown security will be just a click away for some officials.
"If you had the right (Internet) address, you could set up a laptop anywhere and you could watch the camera from there, Goodwin said.
Indianapolis police, Homeland Security and FBI officials said they will monitor the camera network around the clock from two separate locations.
"If something happens, they can pinpoint where you were, what happened, and that to me gives me more safety, Goodwin said. "If you have security cameras and more of a police presence, it's always good for the city. I always feel safe downtown."
Homeland Security officials said they will deploy cameras on moving vehicles, on helicopters and on pods that can be moved to different locations as needed so that fans can focus on having fun.
"It's probably going to be hard not to be on some type of camera while youre downtown in the vicinity of the Super Bowl, Goodwin said.
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