Officials said there was no immediate threat to Massachusetts following Friday’s attacks in Paris, but all the same police statewide were stepping up security at hot spots.
For now there will be increased security presence at the French Consulate, at Boston landmarks like the State House, at sports and concert venues, Logan Airport and the MBTA, officials said in a press conference Sunday. Security was especially tight at a Paris solidarity rally on Boston Common, with dozens of police standing guard.
State law enforcement has have been getting regular updates from the FBI and Homeland Security since Friday night, officials said.
“We’re on top of things,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said, though he urged everyone to be “very much on their toes” and to report suspicious activity.
Evans said to expect “closer scrutiny” at upcoming events, among them Thanksgiving weekend festivities, the Nov. 23 Patriots game at Gillette Stadium and the Nov. 21 Boston College/Notre Dame football game at Fenway Park. “Get there earlier,” he said.
More transit police officers, uniformed and plainclothes, have been dispatched to T stations and rail yards and more staff will be watching monitors for highways, the T and the commuter rail, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said.
“In the absence of a specific threat, the goal is really to increase both our vigilance and our visibility,” Pollack said.
She said commuters should use the MBTA’s See Say app or the phone number 617-222-1212 to call in suspicious activity.