Increased security at 'Mockingjay Part 2' premiere, other 'soft targets' after Paris attack
LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - In the wake of the attacks in Paris, police are increasing security at possible soft targets here in Los Angeles, including the latest "The Hunger Games" movie premiere Monday night.
After months of preparing for the Los Angeles premiere of "Mockingjay Part 2," Lionsgate made some last minute changes out of respect for the events in Paris, scaling back the premiere and canceling interviews.
LAPD Lieutenant John Jenal said because terrorists seem to be going after "soft targets," scaling back the premiere was a good idea.
The LAPD has increased patrols in almost every division.
At Hollywood and Highland, "Hollywood Greeter" Gregg Donovan said he's noticed an increase in security since the attacks in Paris.
"Of course this is a target. It's ground zero for Hollywood," Donovan said. "You name it, The Dolby Theater, The Oscars, the Walk of Fame, you have to be aware and report [suspicious activity] to police, and they're here."
Tourists said they can't help but be a little worried.
Elaine Maglalang is visiting from Sacramento with her family and mother.
"Frankly speaking, I'm scared. I have to bring my mom over here, because this is her first time, but I have to be cautious of my surroundings," Maglalang said.
Alex Caruthers and his wife Lindsey are visiting from Indiana.
"I think the extra security is comforting, but to be fearful all the time, it is not worth the effort. You have to continue to have a life," Caruthers said.
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