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Security on the minds of Fayetteville police following Paris attacks

Posted November 16, 2015

— Security at soft targets across the country is on the minds of local law enforcement agencies following Friday's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

Police in Fayetteville say they are taking necessary precautions to make sure thousands of soldiers and their families are safe when traveling around the city.

Businessman Robert Lints said he feels good about the safety of the town.

"We are not concerned with the security downtown," he said. "We have a police station that is just down the street. It is a very, very safe environment."

Police officers said they use a network of more than 80 security cameras to monitor intersections, major roads and high-profile shopping centers across Fayetteville.

"Because of our proximity to Fort Bragg, we always have a hyper level of vigilance just to maintain our eyes and ears," said James Nolett with the Fayetteville Police Department.

According to police, the cameras help identify suspected criminals. But officers also ask the public to remain vigilant.

"Obviously, there is only about 400 of us, but there are 200,000 citizens," Nolett said. "We ask that the citizens...if they see something suspicious, that they report it."

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  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 17, 2015
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    If ISIS wants to murder Americans, there is very little that can be done to stop them. We don't know who or where they are. We don't know where or when they are going to strike. They are very good at blending in. They are good at looking "normal". They are most likely already in America, so closing our borders will do no good at this point. Barry has already allowed them in to stay. No people, there is next to nothing that we can do, other than to simply wait. If we get really lucky, some observant civilian, could possibly notice something looking out of the ordinary. As far as keeping yourself alive, don't go to malls, theaters, concerts or sporting events. Don't go anywhere that large groups of people gather. That's really the best we can do.