'See something, say something' mantra pushed ahead of Super Bowl

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor
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Houston polic Chief Art Acevedo talks about the city's preparations for Super Bowl LI during a news conference Jan. 5, 2017.

HOUSTON - Authorities are urging people who will be in Houston during Super Bowl LI to be vigilant.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was joined Thursday by local and federal safety officials to address the city’s security preparations ahead of one of the biggest events in sports.

Houston will play host to hundreds of thousands of people for the NFL championship on Feb. 5.

“A lot has changed in Houston since the last time we hosted this big event in 2004,” Turner said. “For starters, we are now the most diverse metropolitan area in the nation.”

VIDEO: Houston officials talk Super Bowl LI security preps

Officials said that while there are no specific threats to the event, they urged people to immediately report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

“Be safe, but more importantly, when you see something that seems out of place, don’t assume that it’s just a coincidence,” Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said. “Report it.”

Acevedo said all the resources of local, state and federal agencies will be leveraged to ensure that everyone who attends Super Bowl LI and the connected events is safe.

“We are sharing intelligence, augmenting man power resources and providing technical, analytical and other assets, which will be in place and ready to respond immediately to address any safety concerns or threats that may arise,” said Perry Turner, special agent in charge of the FBI's Houston office.

While officials said they would not go into specifics regarding their security plan, they assured Houstonians that their safety and the safety of tourists is a top priority.

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