Hundreds of thousands of people will soon flood the north end for the Illinois State Fair — but with the influx of people could come an influx of crime.
Springfield Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher says the department’s Sky Watch will be at the corner of Peoria Road and Sangamon Avenue, and he anticipates the main problems will occur when the fairgrounds close.
“People that are fighting, getting into it, a lot of times alcohol is involved. All the taverns have 3 o’clock licenses during the fair so they’ll be full especially around the fairgrounds.”
Buscher says problems like prostitution and robbery could also occur on the grounds themselves, which is state police territory. Buscher offers some simple advice: be aware of your surroundings and you should be okay.