L.A. County Sheriff’s on heightened alert after Boston Marathon bombing

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Explosions kill two, injure dozens at Boston Marathon

In the wake of two explosions that left at least two people dead and 23 injured at the Boston Marathon on Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is increasing its local patrols and advising residents to remain vigilant.

Using the slogan, “If you see something, say something,” Sheriff Lee Baca has put his department and constituents on high alert, especially in places that tend to attract crowds such as sporting events. He encouraged the public to report anything suspicious.

The greatest deterrent to crime is often a phone call to law enforcement by a person who sees something that just doesn’t look right,” Baca said.

Baca issued the alert shortly after two explosions rang out near the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, approximately four hours after the marathon began.  Early reports indicate two homemade explosive devices detonated in the area. The Associated Press reported two additional devices were found nearby and were being dismantled by authorities.