AUSTIN – In preparation for the Super Bowl, which will be held in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking Texans and visitors to remain aware of their surroundings and to stay vigilant regarding potential criminal activity. If someone observes suspicious behaviors or activity, they are urged to report it to www.iwatchhouston.org or to local authorities. DPS is offering other tips for staying safe during Super Bowl celebrations, as large-scale events may increase the potential for impaired or distracted drivers on the roadway and property crimes, such as auto burglaries or thefts.
According to the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the city of Houston is expecting approximately 140,000 out-of-town visitors for the Super Bowl and as many as one million fans to attend National Football League related events in downtown Houston leading up to game day.
"As Houston welcomes many thousands of visitors for the Super Bowl, the department is urging area residents as well as visiting fans to always be aware of their surroundings and to report any illegal or suspicious activity they may encounter," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "While fans may differ on which team they support, we're asking everyone to come together on one important issue – to celebrate responsibly. By taking a few simple steps, all fans can help protect against potential threats to public safety."
DPS urges residents who see something unusual to simply speak up. Criminal activity and preparations for terrorist attacks may often be seen, but rarely reported. Examples of suspicious activity may include a briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind; chemical smells or fumes that are unusual for the location; or people taking photographs or videos specifically of security features, such as surveillance cameras or checkpoints.
When in doubt concerned individuals can report suspicious activity at www.iwatchhouston.org or call 1-855-iWatch4 (1-855-492-8244). If a situation requires an emergency response, call 911 immediately.
DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the Super Bowl:
For Super Bowl transportation information, including road closures, event parking locations and travel tips, visit http://www.housuperbowl.com/transportation. For news about current highway condition, see www.driveTexas.org.
DPS offers the following tips to help protect against vehicle theft and burglary:
If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police immediately. DPS also encourages individuals to keep a copy of their license plate and vehicle identification number on hand in case of theft, since law enforcement will need this information to create a report.
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