(WICHITA, Kan.)—If you plan to come out to Old Town this weekend, and in the coming weeks, expect to see more police patrol cars.
Wichita police are adding up to 10 extra officers on the streets when the bars let out, but that's not their only tactic to try to keep people safe
New barricades are popping up around Old Town. Officers will use them to block off certain streets to help cut down on traffic when the bars let out.
"That 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. is when we really want to focus, because thats when we are seeing the most calls," said Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte.
Police are also adding extra gang officers, the mounted patrol, and the police helicopter will be watching from above.
"I think it will make a big difference," said Old Town Patrol Monta Plank. "Make people think twice before they act like idiots."
"I've heard of the shootings and there is concern for the employees that work here," said Karen Brummer, who works in Old Town.
Police know that, which is why they are taking the extra steps. But it won't be a permanent change
"There are a lot of things we are trying to do," said Nolte. "There are some short terms approaches and some long term ones."
In the future, Nolte says the city may look to add more lighting in the area and maybe even video cameras.
Police are working closely with Old Town business owners to come up with a better plan to help keep everyone safe. Still, they know they can't prevent every crime in Old Town
"It ultimately comes down to people taking personal responsibility and doing the right things by not choosing violence in situations," said Nolte.
While some tactics will be very visual, like these barricades. Others will not. Police don't want to show their entire game plan to potential trouble makers.
The Old Town Business Association is helping pay for some of the extra security.