Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia Law Enforcement says they are seeing an increase in 911 calls in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.
"We can never take this with a grain of salt, we have to investigate any type of suspicious items," said Jennifer Timmons with the Columbia Police Department.
The Columbia Police and Fire Departments responded to three suspicious package calls two in Downtown Columbia and one of Garners Ferry Road.
Luckily they all turned out to be harmless.
"Given the recent circumstances in Boston and Washington DC, we want to take extra precautions to make sure that everyone is safe."
Timmons says if the Boston Bombing didn't happen this week, the department would still respond to every 9-1-1 call.
"We just can never be too careful when public safety could potentially be at risk."
"If it is out of place to you, it is out of place to us," said Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins.
The Columbia Fire Department also assists with every suspicious package call. Chief Aubrey Jenkins says they send engines and a HAZMAT team.
"I know that the road gets blocked and it inconveniences people but we would rather inconvenience people then to have something happen and we didn't iInconvenience you."
Jenkins says usually after mass shooting and other incidents there are always increased calls to law enforcement around the country.
The three suspicious packages turned out to be clothes and books...but Jenkins says they come to every call, trained to expect the worst.
"Unfortunately we do get quite a bit of false calls but I would never discourage people from calling in if they see something out of place. We would much rather take the time and effort to make sure there is nothing to it then for something to happen and we don't respond," said Jenkins.