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Eugene Police Stress Vigilance During Olympic Trials

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EUGENE, Ore. — The 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials kick off on June 1 and Eugene police are asking everyone to be vigilant.

They are asking people to call police if they see a suspicious package or a person behaving out of the ordinary.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the trials and officers say that with the surge of people comes criminals.

To help prevent crimes they are advising people to leave valuables at home and lock bags and anything of valuable in the trunk of a vehicle.

EPD Crime Specialist Steven Chambers said criminals are on the prowl; “They are looking for those opportunities to commit a crime.”

He said even minor things that may not have value should be stowed away.

“They are going to take the opportunity and smash that window and take that item,” said Chambers.

People from out of town said they are already taking preventive steps.

“We keep all of our personal items with us in our backpack and then making sure that we don’t leave out any valuable,” said Brent Tasker.

The department is also strongly advising people to walk in groups.

They encourage homeowners to lock doors, windows, and leave a light or the TV on to give the impression that someone is home. 

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