Fair's final weekend is crime high time - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fair's final weekend is crime high time

The Midway at the Mid-South Fair. The Midway at the Mid-South Fair.

People flock to the Mid-South Fair every year looking for a good time, but so do those who are up to no good.

"The criminal minds pick that time to victimize the people at the fair," says Sgt. Vince Higgins with Memphis Police.

Aggravated assault, forgery, and motor vehicle theft are just a few of the crimes that have occurred this week on and around the fairgrounds. The good news: the number of crimes is down from last year. What's the bad news?

"Most of the crimes tend to occur toward the end of the fair period," says Higgins.

That means the final weekend of the fair is usually more dangerous. That's why more cops will be among the crowd over the next two days.

"We work very closely with the police department on making sure our patrons out here are protected," says Mid-South Fair General Manager Ron Hardin. "And not just on the fairgrounds, but in the surrounding community as well," he adds.

One way to protect yourself from crime at the fair is to park in a secure parking lot. Make sure it has a fence around it and is well lit. Police say you're leaving yourself and your car at risk if you park in someone's yard or on a side street.

John Chulos, who's been allowing cars to park in his yard for 30 years, disagrees.

"They almost have like a security guard and a parking spot when they park with me," says Chulos.

But there are no guarantees when it comes to your safety here or anywhere. It's kind of like those games of chance you'll find at the fair.

"Like going to the mall, you need to be aware of where you are and what your surroundings are," says Hardin.

Police say the number one rule to remember before coming to the fair is not to come alone. Always travel in pairs or in a group.

 

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