By Tracy Clemons
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Fans walking to Busch Stadium this weekend may notice a lot more police officers than normal. St. Louis police are beefing up security for the National League Championship Series.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says baseball in St. Louis in October is nothing new, so they know how to do this. They're stepping up patrols around the park and throughout the blocks around Busch.
Chief Dotson says there will be bag checks and random wandings at the gate. He says anyone with a conceal carry permit should leave their guns home and not in their cars, to avoid the risk of someone breaking in and stealing the gun and it ending up on the street in the hands of criminals.
There are extra cameras all around the stadium that are being monitored in real-time. And there are extra boots on the ground making sure you're safe.
"We have extra uniformed officers, extra plain-clothes officers making sure people walking back and forth to the game are safe, monitoring the parking lots making sure nobody is looking into cars, and if they are we'll address them and take care of business that way," said Chief Dotson.
The chief says officers will also be keeping an eye on scalpers.
"St. Louis does not have a scalping ordinance. So it is legal to sell tickets at face value. But I always want to say buyers beware. You never know what you're buying and what you're purchasing," he said.
Chief Dotson had one more tip that could help keep you secure on the roads: Give yourself some extra time to get to the games. That'll be especially important Saturday when there's the NLCS, the Blues, and Oktoberfest.