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Security will be heavy at Super Bowl

A security guard works at a concert in

A security guard works at a concert in Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis. From pickpockets and prostitutes to dirty bombs and exploding manhole covers, authorities are bracing for whatever threat Super Bowl XLVI might bring. (Jan. 28, 2012) Credit: AP

INDIANAPOLIS -- There have been no legitimate terrorist threats made against Super Bowl XLVI, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

"We ask people to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity," Napolitano said at a news conference detailing the security plans surrounding Sunday's game here between the Giants and New England Patriots. "We have seen time and time again that the public is our best protection."

The NFL provides fans with a text messaging number to report fan conduct problems and suspicious activity. The NFL received more than 110 text messages at last year's Super Bowl in Dallas, said Jeff Miller, the league's security officer.

Frank Straub, Indianapolis' director of public safety, said this will be "the most technologically protected Super Bowl," featuring metal detectors, X-ray machines and camera technology throughout the stadium. He said they experienced glitches with their radio technology earlier in the week because of the increase in transmission, but that has since been fixed.

Fans attending the game also should be prepared to bring very little with them. "Most items cannot be carried into the stadium," Miller said.

Cameras and some binoculars can be brought in, but they must be outside their cases.

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