ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - A two-word warning from St. Louis police to Cardinal fans, for opening day and beyond…park smart.
Police won't talk manpower numbers, but the police presence for opening day felt bigger than ever.
The Police Chief Sam Dotson will only say there is a significant presence in all areas surrounding downtown and Busch Stadium. Even so, he says safety and prevention fall as much on the fans as the police; which may have fans with conceal/carry permits thinking 'bring my gun'. The chief says just the opposite. He's stressing those two words: park smart; meaning if you drive to a game, park in well-lit lots, with attendants who will be there before, during, and after the games. Don't leave valuables in your car, especially fire-arms, and that goes for more than just opening day.
There have also been explosive sniffing dogs in and around the ballpark; the terror attacks in Brussels and Paris very much top of mind here.
Chief Dotson had one more item he wanted to stress, watch how much you drink. Criminals target the most vulnerable, and getting drunk can make you easy prey.