BOISE -- Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson says the biggest message we can take from today's Boston tragedy is that public safety and security is up to all of us.
Masterson echoes a phrase coined by the Department of Homeland Security See something, say something.
Police everywhere are stepping up security, in major cities like New York and L.A. even London, and especially in Boston.
Boise resident, Melissa McGrath who is also the spokesperson for the Idaho Department of Education, is in Boston to support her sister who competed in the race.
Everyone just loves the marathon and they are just very sad that this had to happen, said McGrath.
McGrath spoke to KTVB by phone Monday, tells us her family was supporting her sister.
We were on Beacon Street we were just before mile 24, she said. However, her sister was stopped during the marathon at mile 26, after the blasts already happened.
She got so close, we are just first and foremost just really grateful that she was not injured and that all of our family members are safe, said McGrath.
McGrath says as time passed, things became more chaotic.
We went back out on the streets, and we heard that there may be more devices out there and the police are concerned about that so they kept cordoning off streets, explains McGrath.
McGrath said security was heightened at restaurants and hotels in the Boston area.
It s not something you experience in the U.S where you see such a military presence on every single street corner, and you can t just get to the place you are trying to get to, she said.
Back here in Idaho, Boise Police are emphasizing a message spread nationwide by the Boston Police Department: call police if you see suspicious activity.
The FBI is now taking charge in the criminal investigation of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
The agency set up a phone line for the public to call with information about the explosions at 1-800-CALL-FBI.