UCF beefs up security for homecoming week

- With the massacre in Las Vegas fresh on people's minds, the University of Central Florida is increasing security during its activity-filled homecoming week.

"We take all those threats into account. We take a look at what's happening around the world and that's how we adjust our security pattern," said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary. "Our people are well-equipped, well-trained and we can handle whatever comes our way."

UCF Police expected about 10,000 people at Thursday night's concert and upwards of 46,000 at Saturday's football game.  

"On a game day we'll have 180 law enforcement officers here for a football game, which I will tell you is probably the safest square foot of property in Central Florida," Chief Beary continued.

Some students who were in line hours before Thursday night's concert said the extra security at the concert and Saturday's game is no surprise.

"I think that with the heightened number of people that will be going there, I would expect that
they would increase security, so that'll definitely make me feel a lot safer seeing all that presence there," said one concert-goer.

Others were unfazed.

"No, I have no hesitation about that. I'm really excited about this concert. I'm not going to lie. It's going to be awesome," said another.

Officers said despite the increased security, it's still important for students to be aware of their surroundings, and if they see something, say something.

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