Corporate offices in uptown beef up security ahead of DNC

by: Peter Daut Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy are expected to be major targets for Occupy-style protesters. All three corporate headquarters are beefing up security.

A group organized under the March on Wall Street South banner plans to demonstrate outside both major banks. Environmental protesters say they’re also targeting Duke Energy because of its reliance on coal-powered generators.

With security and property damage a concern, all three buildings are getting prepared.

Wells Fargo said it has already installed shatter-proof glass on many windows, and plans to put up metal fencing around the building. Security guards will be at every entrance, making sure no one without proper identification can get inside.

Both Wells Fargo and Duke are working together on security plans.  Duke said 85 percent of its employees will not be at work during the DNC.

Bank of America would not give any details on security, other than to say it is working with law enforcement.

Police will also have additional security to monitor all three buildings.

Both Wells Fargo and Bank of America plan to shutter their uptown branches during the DNC.