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Safety top priority for St. Louis PD on Opening Day

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

For the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the Cardinals home opener is nothing new and neither are the safety measures they take to keep the nearly 50,000 fans safe.

"It's opening day for St. Louis baseball. We love it we know how to do it. You'll see police officers in their reflective vests walking around, plain clothes officers you might not notice. We've got everyone out making sure fans have a great time," said Police Chief Sam Dotson. 

Officers are scattered throughout downtown in patrol cars, on bikes, and on foot.

"We feel really comfortable. We have our usual places that we go and park and just make sure you know your surroundings," said Cardinals fan Kathy Sellars. 

With so many fans downtown, it is prime pickings for criminals, especially when electronics, guns and valuables are left unattended in cars. 
 
"We know that criminals look for an opportunity, if they see something in your car they might break a window to take it. Park smart leave things in your trunk or glove box, walk in groups and park in lots with attendants," he says. 

Recently, all parking lots and garages were checked by Dotson's team to make sure they were up to code for Opening Day. In addition to the extra officers, there are additional K-9's and bomb sniffing dogs.  Dotson said the city can never be too careful. 

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