They say no threats of violence have been detected so far.
An influx of people is expected in Frederick to protest during the G8 Summit on May 18th and 19th. Frederick Police say they have not detected any threats of violence from the visitors coming to the city.
In other cities where the G8 has been held, some individuals in opposition to the high level talks have disrupted communities, damaged property and fought with police.
Lieutenant Jason Keckler says the Frederick Police are working with other law enforcement agencies to keep the city and the county safe, and to be ready in case the situation gets out of hand. "We also want our businesses and residents to be prepared," he says. "We haven't received any specific information that leads us to believe that we're going to have any significant problems or anything like that. But, again, like the Police Department is preparing, we want our residents and businesses to be prepared."
Keckler says there's one precaution business owners can take. "Don't place sandwich boards and other unsecured materials, like loose tables and chairs outside businesses that could be damaged, or be used to cause damage to property," he says. A number of Downtown Frederick businesses put sandwich board signs outside to advertise their prices and services, and some restaurants have tables and chairs outside for patrons to enjoy a meal.
Other recommendations for businesses include updating their emergency contact numbers; have resources and materials available to secure their establishments in the event windows and doors could be damaged, such as plywood, screws and nails; look out for their fellow businesses by keeping them informed, offering assistance and sharing resources; and report any suspected criminal activity to police.
And if they don't feel comfortable opening up during the summit, Lieutenant Keckler says lock the doors of the establishment, and stay closed on those days.