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IMPD, Lucas Oil Stadium team up to keep fans safe inside and outside the stadium

Posted at 5:20 PM, Aug 20, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been working with Lucas Oil Stadium to make sure fans are safe when they attend games and events this season.

As football season kicks off, police are sharing some of the upgrades and plans in place to keep you safe while enjoying games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been working closely with stadium officials to determine which areas they need to focus on for security with such large crowds expected at this year’s games.

“We look at trends around the NFL, what is going on in other cities, other locations across the country and we take all that into consideration when we develop our security plans as well,” IMPD Commander Phil Burton said.

This season, IMPD is not only focused on the inside of the stadium, but also on the outside – specifically the tens of thousands of parks cars that will be around the stadium – which can be easy targets for thieves.

Over the past couple of years, thieves have been getting away with more than just electronics. Police say an increasing number of firearms are being stolen from inside cars and since guns are banned inside the stadium, people often leave them under the seat or in the gloveboxes.

“Once they break into your car, if they have time, they are going to search your car,” said Burton.

Police suggest leaving firearms in your trunk or investing in a locked area inside your vehicle.

This year, police plan to have a birds-eye view of those areas around the stadium. They’re monitoring all around the area with the newly upgraded police cameras.

Police say the cameras mounted in and around the stadium have a much better quality and a powerful zoom. There will be officers monitoring those cameras from inside the command post and from different laptops in the area.

Police say besides the security cameras and visible officers, there will be plenty of security measures that you won’t be able to see – including officers there that are blending into the crowd.

Another thing police say they will be monitoring closely is the weather. Stadium officials and police officers will be keeping an eye on mother nature at weather stations inside the stadium so they can direct fans where to go in case of an emergency.