With the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series set to begin in a little more than two weeks, the youth organization announced Monday that it has increased security measures at the Little League International Complex.
The increased measures will include more security cameras on the athletic complex, as well as in the parking lot areas and increased restrictions at Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, which houses the 16 participating teams.
The measures were recommended after a security assessment was performed by the state police and state Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, earlier this summer.
Brian McClintock, director of media relations for Little League, said in an email that an assessment of its security measures is performed every few years but following the recent events in which the Boston Marathon was attacked by bombers, Little League decided to take a closer look at its procedures.
"We've worked with the appropriate authorities to put in place a set of proactive measures designed to keep people safe, and allow them to experience all the excitement and fun the Little League World Series has to offer," Stephen D. Keener, Little League president and CEO, said in a news release. "In light of recent events like the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, it is more important than ever that we are all doing everything that we can to ensure that everyone can fully enjoy the most exciting, international sporting event: The Little League Baseball World Series."
When asked how many additional cameras would be installed on the property, McClintock said Little League could not disclose the actual number but there would be more than in years past.
Little League also expects to increase participation in the governor's Office of Homeland Security's campaign "See Something, Send Something."
The mobile application allows users to report suspicious activity to authorities through their mobile devices.
There also could be additional security for those entering the World Series, but Little League said there should be minimal impact to visitors.
Little League World Series festivities begin Aug. 14 with the Grand Slam Parade. Games begin Aug. 15, with the championship game on Aug. 25.
The following items are prohibited at the Little League International Complex:
Alcohol or illegal drugs
(ex: vuvuzelas, thunder sticks, air horns, etc.)
Tarps, tents or canopies
Flammable materials or incendiary devices
(small umbrellas 42 inches or less will be permitted)
Large bags or containers
Weapons of any kind
Pocket knives or guns
(blades longer than 3 inches)
Containers with liquid
(cans, plastic and aerosol containers)