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On alert, residents reporting suspicious packages in Cambridge

Posted by Brock Parker  April 16, 2013 11:30 AM

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Cambridge Police continue to respond to numerous reports of suspicious items or unattended bags Tuesday morning and are encouraging residents to stay alert after the Boston Marathon bombing Monday.

As many as 8-10 suspicious or unattended packages and items were reported Monday and three or four more have been reported Tuesday morning, said Cambridge Police spokesman Dan Riviello. Police have investigated each report and have found no threats, he said.

“We are completely expecting this,” Riviello said. “People are being told to be vigilant and to report anything that they see as suspicious.”

The unattended or suspicious items have ranged from bags, to boxes and some trash, he said. Riviello said the department is trying to keep the public informed of when the items are cleared through social media.

Cambridge Police have brought in all of the department’s bomb technicians today to help respond to the reports and to assist in Boston, Riviello said.

“People are on a high state of alert and obviously that is what we want them to be,” Riviello said.

Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis stated in a letter to constituents Tuesday that the city's thoughts are with the victims of the "atrocious attack" in Boston Monday.

Davis also sent an email expressing Cambridge's condolences to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston City Council for their losses Monday.

"Your neighbors in Cambridge are here to help," Davis wrote. "We especially want to extend to your our concern for all that you at city hall are going through in these difficult days."

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