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Day After Boston Marathon Attack, Tight Security Makes Philly Tourists Feel Safe

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Security was beefed up in Philadelphia Tuesday, a day after the attack on the Boston Marathon. Security was beefed up in Philadelphia Tuesday, a day after the attack on the Boston Marathon.

Monday's bombing in Boston didn't stop tourists and students from flocking to Philadelphia Tuesday to take in the sights at the city's historical venues. Under tight security, they came, they saw and they say they felt safe.

"I think they're searching a little more, when you're going into the facilities," said tourist Jennet Merriam. 

Merriam and her husband, Ralph, came from Florida to see the Liberty Bell and all the other attractions at Independence Mall.  Amidst the bus tours, the horse drawn carriages and the tour guides, they immediately noticed the stepped up security.

"Security's been very good. You don't see them, but you do see them," Ralph Merriam told FOX 29.

"How does that make you feel?" asked Reporter Dave Schratwieser. "Safe, yeah safe."

Philadelphia counter terrorism experts report nearly a dozen suspicious package incidents here over night since the two bombs exploded at the finish line during Monday's Boston Marathon.

Their slogan: see something say something, is paying off.

"My bomb techs have been quite busy this morning," said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan of the city's Counter Terrorism Unit. "But that's a good thing, it's a positive thing. It shows people are engaged in the process."

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel says "it's a fine tuned plan."

SEPTA Police were also busy clearing a dozen calls for suspicious packages underground or on train platforms, including one caught on tape Tuesday at 30th Street Station, where a man was taken into custody after claiming her had a bomb. A check of his bag found nothing.

"We have the people who are trained, we have bomb detection dogs. We can respond quickly to a suspicious package," Nestel told FOX 29.

While SEPTA keeps a close eye on things with it's network of 12,000 surveillance cameras, top experts began re-examining security for the thousands of runners expected here for the upcoming Broad Street Run on May 5th.

"We're acutely aware of what the threats are and we're assembling the necessary assets  to have them in place to prevent anything like that from occurring in advance," Sullivan added.

Police are also preparing security plans for several other charity runs in the city over the next few weeks along with major sporting and public events.

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