Authorities prepare to increase security in Wynwood during Art Basel

Police officers prepare for street closures and barricades

By Louis Aguirre - Anchor/Reporter , Jenise Fernandez - Reporter , Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MIAMI - After a man used a lorry to kill 86 people in Nice last year, there have been similar attacks in Berlin, Stockholm, London, Paris, Barcelona, Edmonton and in New York City.

Islamic militants' propaganda distributed worldwide online encouraged followers to use the vulnerabilities of crowded streets to target civilians, and they classified vehicles as a "secondary weapon, such as a gun or a knife."

The random nature of the attacks has prompted authorities in the U.S. and Europe to increase security at events with high pedestrian traffic. Authorities in Miami expect large crowds to descend to Wynwood during Art Basel Miami Beach, Dec. 7-10. 

"Our agency constantly reviews incidents from around the globe to ensure that we are taking every possible measure to keep Miami's residents and visitors safe," Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes said in a statement. 

The Miami Police Department will be using concrete barricades and street closures to protect the people who will be traveling from South Beach, where Art Basel is being held, to Wynwood in search of graffiti and satellite art fairs.

The crowd will include wealthy contemporary art collectors that range from American celebrities and athletes to prominent Russian and Chinese investors.

"While we have no cause for concern specific to Art Basel, we always encourage our citizens to remain vigilant," Llanes said. 

Most recently, there were Miami-Dade Police Department snipers on guard during a holiday parade in Kendall's The Falls. 

 

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