Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department share a few tips before the St. Patrick’s day celebrations begin

INDIANAPOLIS –On Friday, March 16, 2018, beginning at 11:30 a.m., the IAC Sports Foundation 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade –presented by the Hoosier Lottery will begin.

This year’s parade promises to be fun and exciting. Here a few things to remember before you arrive downtown – Indianapolis for the parade.

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  • Leave your home early to avoid traffic congestion.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated.
  • Park and snap a picture of your parking location, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide anything of value in the trunk or cover them with a blanket or rear cover if in an SUV or van.
  • Make eye contact with every person in the parking lot on your way to the parade route. (potential thieves don’t want to be noticed. This simple trick makes you a less desirable target.
  • Stay off your phone while walking, talking or texting. Staying off cellphones keeps your attention on what is ahead of you. Pedestrian safety is very important during major events.
  • To deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers, don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Parents should communicate with their small children about the dangers of wandering away. Teach them to go to a uniformed officer or security guard if you get separated.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive! (Innocent life is spared when we prepare)
  • If you see anything strange please contact a uniformed law enforcement officer.
  • Don’t leave packages unattended.
  • If you see something. Say something. (peculiar activity,or suspicious individuals)
  • Have a plan. Don’t consume large amounts of alcoholic beverages without arranging for transportation.
  • HAVE FUN!

Please visit the IAC Sports Foundation website (https://www.indystpats.com) for additional information.
Enjoy your weekend and drink responsibly.

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