LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- This weekend is one of Little Rock's biggest events of the year. Riverfest will bring in thousands and with that many people looking for fun comes the possibility of crime.
Police officers started patrolling Riverfront Park earlier this week. But their plan to keep people safe during the festival started months ago.
From foot, to carts, to horses, police officers are working to make sure Riverfest 2013 is a safe and fun event. Sgt. Cassandra Davis says, "We know with the number of people coming in there may be some problems with criminal activity."
The most common activity is car break-ins. Sgt. Davis says, "This is a prime opportunity for them, there will be a number of cars there will be lots of people walking to and from their cars."
So Sgt. Davis says everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings. And LRPD aren't the only ones out patrolling the festival. Riverfest executive director DeAnna Korte says, "Riverfest employs hundreds of security guards we hire Pulaski County Sheriff deputies, Little Rock, we spend thousands and thousands of dollars on security it's our number one priority."
Korte says those guards will not only be inside the festival but patrolling up to 20 blocks from east to west.
Another security set up is something we here at THV 11 sponsor "Looking for Sunny." The aim is to keep parents and their children together. Korte says, "They get a sunny sticker and it identifies them so if they were to get displaced from their parents they go back to the headquarters then we go looking for the missing parent."
There are four headquarters with Sunny in each park zone and workers have more than 400 radios. So if a child is lost, it only takes a matter of minutes to spread the word.
There is still much attention on the Boston marathon bombing that the tragic event caused Riverfest to make a few adjustments to the festival.
Korte says should anyone commit that level of a crime they absolutely do have a plan in place. They of course won't give all the details for that plan but do say they have several trained officers in street clothes that will be out looking for clues out and behavior that the average person may not pick up on.
The festival says they spent more than $100,000 on security measures.