MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, the City of Myrtle Beach is taking a look at what can be done when it comes to its own event security.
Myrtle Beach hosts around 600 special events and festivals throughout the year. Each event warrants extra security, as well as a plan that has to be approved by police. But the City of Myrtle Beach wants to see what more can be done to protect its citizens and workers.
"We have these special events to invite people in to our community and so we have an obligation to provide as secure an environment as we possibly can for those folks," said Assistant City Manager John Pedersen. "And that's what we do already, but we want to make sure if there's any way to improve that, that we're doing it."
A special events tech- review meeting was held Wednesday morning, with different departments within the city offering their suggestions on how security can be improved at events. They are looking for low-cost, low-tech solutions that can be implemented as soon as possible. For example, having police officers wear neon bright shirts so they can be easily identified. Or even signs asking event attendees to report anything they see that's suspicious.
"We should start with what we can afford to do," said Hulet Chaney, who lives in Myrtle Beach. "And just be aware of whatever else we need to do. I think that cameras are a good idea. It proved it was in Boston. "
Once the low-cost measures are put in place, then the city will look toward more permanent investments in security.