Michael Yasutake of the Capitol Hill East Precinct and Crime Prevention Coordinator reports:
"My only input would be for all Capitol Hill citizens to increase their awareness when in public venues and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities. Also keeping normal routines is important so that anything that is out of the ordinary or suspicious would be identified or possibly observed. Again I would think that an increased awareness is the order of the day."
I believe awareness and taking security steps is the best deterrent to crime in what is hopefully a hoax. Threats should be taken seriously and I am hoping bars will increase their lighting to increase detection of suspicious activity and consider doing "friendly patdowns" at the door.
There is a call out for groups and pub crawls but caution against overcrowding at bars as these are the very conditions that make it harder to detect suspicious activity.