(WMC-TV) – It is shaping up to be a prosperous summer in the downtown entertainment district. It is a time when police and merchants beef up security, but patrolling the areas just outside of the boundaries remains a challenge.
Police are investigating the claims of a 23-year-old woman, who says she was gang raped in a park just behind the FedEx Forum Tuesday night.
Officers say visitors need to avoid areas where there is a lack of police presence, but parking is the problem.
"You can't put 6,000 cars into this entertainment district, you just can't do it," said Memphis Police Lieutenant William Woodard.
The lack of parking spots lures visitors to dimly lit areas that do not have constant police surveillance.
Officers advise people to get an early start, carpool, and find a well-lit parking space or parking garage. They warn not to compromise your safety just to save a few bucks.
"The further out you park is just the more risk you're taking," said Lt. Woodard.