Police say students should keep an eye on their vulnerable abodes

Festivals and college football games don’t just entertain Bowling Green residents – they bring more work for local police officers.

There were 11 fights and 14 thefts reported within city limits on Friday and Saturday.

Sgt. Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Division said the Black Swamp Arts Festival is always expected to keep officers busier than usual.

This year was no different.

On Friday, police responded to several noise complaints, including one involving a megaphone, and increased theft.

Saturday brought arguments, apartment burglaries, vandalism and large fights.

Early yesterday, a male victim was mugged by two other males on High and Fourth streets.

To deal with the increased calls and concentration of vpeople, the BGPD provides between two and five extra officers on the scene during the annual arts festival.

These officers walk around the area and do what it takes to increase police presence, Hetrick said.

To prevent break ins, Hetrick said students should make sure their windows and doors are locked.

Off-campus residents should also be wary of hosting large open parties because they offer potential burglars the opportunity to stake out a house or apartment, he said.