No Credible Threats But Greater Police Presence at Philadelphia City Hall Christmas Village Following Berlin Attack

'We don't want to alarm people unnecessarily,' says Philadelphia Police commissioner

Philadelphia Police planned to have a visible presence at Philadelphia’s Christmas Village in the aftermath of a deadly attack on a similar market in Berlin.

"We don't have any credible threats here for the area but we always take precautions so we have some additional personnel that will be visible -- which is the most important thing," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. [[407616746, C]]

"We're optimistic, we don't want to alarm people unnecessarily," said Ross.

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia's Dilworth Plaza location has some built in security measures that help prevent a truck attack like what happened in Berlin.

"Around City Hall you have those pillars... so that's an added safety measure," said Ross. [[407524335, C]]

Some Christmas market stalls, along with a carousal are located inside the City Hall courtyard.

Ross said the department’s Homeland Security Division would continue to be in contact with federal authorities. And, regular folks could help as well.

As always, "if you see something, say something," said Ross. [[407574886, C]]

The attack at the Berlin Christmas market on Breitscheidplatz, outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, late Monday left 12 dead and dozens injured. No group has specifically taken credit for the attack and it wasn’t immediately clear if police had arrested the attacker.

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