Gate jumpers forces security increase at White House

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Beauty shots of South Lawn of White House. Includes the fence, tourists, fountain

If you’re planning to go to Washington this summer, there’s a new security plan drafted by the Secret Service that will keep tourists further away from the sites.

And it’s not sitting well with tourists.

Gate jumpers have become all too common at the White House. There have been two in 10 days including a California man who scaled over and roamed the grounds for 15 minutes.

Another scaled the fence when the Obamas were having Thanksgiving dinner in the residence in 2015.

That prompted more barriers on the North Lawn, the front, facing the storied Pennsylvania Avenue.

Now, Secret Service has its eye on the South Lawn to add more buffers and barriers just like the North Lawn.

Scott Riggs of Alcorn Wisconsin is dismayed.

“You come here to see the sites and I think it’s too far away,” says Scott Riggs of Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Twenty-two-years- ago, a truck bomb blew up the Murrah Federal building killing 168 people.

That prompted closing vehicle traffic in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

September 11th certainly magnified concerns and with good reason.

And now on top of terrorist worries are white house fence jumpers who are largely people with mental health issues.

But Jules from San Antonio says to this new plan, enough is a enough.

“Taxpayers are paying for it, why are they keeping us from it?” She asks. 

Sixteen-year-old Alex, an infant when September 11th happened, sees a lot of police and security presence.

“They seem fine controlling the crowd,” he says.

That may be, but it’s those handful of White House jumpers that keep Secret Service officials up at night.

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