Leicestershire Police and the organisers of Download are working together to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable festival.
In the light of recent events in Manchester and London the security at Download, a large scale rock festival held at Donington Park, has been reviewed and additional security is being put in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
Armed officers will be patrolling with their unarmed colleagues throughout the festival. Their presence has been very well received at other events in recent weeks. They are there to keep everyone safe and make sure festival goers have a good time. All police officers are very happy to talk to festival goers if they want to ask any questions or just say hello.
There will also be plain clothed officers on site and officers will be using automatic number plate recognition technology as well as in previous years. The police are working very closely with Download’s security company and will be carrying out joint briefing and patrolling.
There will be additional security checks taking place and people will be searched, including bags. The UK Threat Level remains at severe so please remain vigilant at all times, and report anything suspicious that causes you concern to security staff or a police officer.
Melvin Benn, Festival Republic said; “The festival perimeter, arena, backstage and offsite areas are all robustly controlled and managed by security experts. Festivals are what we do. The hundreds of staff working on these events know them inside out and have been working on them for many years.
“We strongly advise you do not bring a bag into the Arena at Download as there will be long queues while all bags are searched. All tickets holders will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, bags and their person at this year’s festival. Your safety is our utmost concern and we’re asking that all festival goers are patient if there are longer queues than normal, and cooperate with any security requests and searches.”
Superintendent Martyn Ball, one of the police commanders for the event, said; “We are really looking forward to policing Download again this year, it is an event officers always look forward to working.
“In the light of recent events in Manchester and London we have reviewed the security arrangements and made some changes but this is designed to reassure festival goers that they can come and enjoy their favourite bands while we work with on-site security to make sure everyone has a good time. Armed officers are ordinary police officers with specialist skills so if you see them them go and say hello they will be happy to talk to you.”
Officers will once again be giving out the very popular Download phone ‘bungees’ to prevent mobile phone theft.
This year to mark the tenth anniversary of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation they have donated a 1000 bungees to the charity who will sell them for £2 on their stand in the arena to raise money. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up following Sophie’s death in 2007 – she was killed because she chose to dress differently. The charity focuses on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities.
Download is a low crime event but with tens of thousands of people expected at the five day rock music festival at Donington Park, some mobile phones will inevitably be lost or stolen. There were only 42 crimes reported to police last year. There are some easy things you can do to keep yourself, your belongings and your friends’ safe;
Other Download Crime Prevention Advice;
- Use the on-site lockers for your personal belongings; don’t leave anything in your tent when you are not in it. Book a locker in advance for between £10 and £20 at www.lockerhouse.co.uk
- If you can’t take your valuables with you when you leave the tent, leave them at home.
- Put money, tickets, credit cards and mobile phones in a zipped pocket or use a money belt.
- Do not bring large sums of cash
- Postcode the property you do bring to Download so that it is identifiable.
- Make a note of the IMEI number of your phone – it increases your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen
- If you arrive by car, don’t leave anything on display in your vehicle including sat navs, car stereos, CDs or mobile phones. Don’t put items in your glove box or the boot, this is the first place a thief will look.
- Take everything with you or leave it at home.
- Don’t drink quantities of alcohol that might make you vulnerable to falling victim to crime
Follow the police on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/downloadcops or on Twitter at @Downloadcops.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News