Security efforts upgraded during holiday weekend

Security efforts upgraded during holiday weekend
Edgewater Beach busy during holiday weekend (Source: WOIO)
Edgewater Beach busy during holiday weekend (Source: WOIO)

Over the holiday weekend, federal and local law enforcement will be keeping a close eye on every large Fourth of July celebration.

They know 50 people across the nation have been arrested in the last year for possible ties to ISIS, including a man arrested in North Olmsted. The feds claim he was supporting a terrorist group.

19 Action News asked several people if they will feel safe on the Fourth.

One man at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland says, "I don't think if there is any more of a worry. I don't think there is. The possibility is always there.  I think we realize that."

Police departments are bringing in more officers who will be on patrol, but that's normal on the Fourth of July.

"There are no creditable threats anywhere in North East Ohio.  We always encourage people if you see something say something," said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

So far there have been 24 ISIS-linked plots against western targets compared to 19 last year.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about an increased threat of ISIS-inspired violence against members of the military or law enforcement in America.

It does appear people in northeast Ohio are aware of their surroundings more in 2015, and possible threats won't stop them from celebrating their freedom in public places.

"I try not to let fear rule my life. So I am kind of fearless. So I just take it one day at a time. That's all you can do," said Iris Atkins, a mother from Lakewood.

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