High Point, NC -- Cities across the country are adding and tightening security for big events in the wake of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. That includes the Triad.
Starting this weekend, the Triad will be buzzing with people from around the world. The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Buyers, manufacturers and exhibitors of furniture and accessories from 110 countries come together to conduct business.
Spring furniture market is from April 20-25.
The event increases High Point's population from 107,000 to nearly 200,000 during a normal market business day. Market activity is concentrated in the central business district of High Point and scattered sites throughout the city.
Because of what happened in Boston Monday, High Point Police Department and its partners are reviewing the incident plan for the 2013 Spring Market.
New security measures added this year include:
• Additional police personnel in certain common areas.
• Increased security at events held in the market area.
• Security sweeps.
Restrictions that remain in place are:
• No street parking next to Market buildings during the event, they will be blocked off as usual .
• No deliveries or large trucks will be allowed in the downtown area during Market hours (7 am - 7 pm daily).
• Entry to buildings is restricted to person who has registered with the Market Authority and has their market pass displayed.
• No vehicle can be left unattended on city streets in the target area. Food caterers and small delivery services can conduct business by having someone who can stay with the vehicle while a delivery is being made.
How can the public help police?
• Remain vigilant, report any suspicious activity immediately. Call 911.
• Carry and display your market pass.
• Be prepared to show additional identification if requested.
• Be patient with building security officers, they are there for your safety.
The security plan will remain in effect during the spring High Point Furniture Market.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the High Point Police Department along with our state and federal partners conducted a threat assessment concerning the Furniture Market. Beginning in the Spring of 2002 new restrictions and safety precautions were added specifically to reduce the risk of mass casualty attacks or the use of weapons of mass destruction. These precautions have remained in place and refined over the last 11 years.