Security being stepped up at Bills games

Dec 4, 2015

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Higgins
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Bills fans will see a noticeable increase in security at this Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says there will be increased manpower throughout the stadium and parking lots this Sunday, including more uniformed and plainclothes manpower and K-9 units. He adds vehicles entering the parking lots could be subject to inspection.  Howard says the extra measures are precautionary.    

"There's currently no known threat against any stadium in the United States," says Howard. "So the efforts that you saw last week where teams had homes games and this week is our first home game since the tragedy in Paris. Our fans will see a noticeable increase in security and they should not be alarmed by that."

Fans are being urged to enter the stadium early.

"When you have these collection of people, the bottlenecks, in which large groups of people gather, those are certainly opportunities where people are more vulnerable," says Howard. "I would encourage people to avoid those bottlenecks by entering the stadium earlier and not waiting to get in."

The Sheriff’s Office is also urging fans to be vigilant, reminding them if you see something, say something.

"Any individual that sees something that they think is suspicious or unusual, just pick up the phone, dial 911," says Howard. "Share your concerns with those law enforcement people and let us sort them out. The calls may seem simple or that they would cause us irritation, but it's quite the opposite. We need to know what the public is seeing. By sharing that information, we can make everyone safer."