Precautions to take when attending large events like the Rally

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Although visitors come to the Rally to have fun, the Sturgis Police Department is also reminding everyone to be safe.

Black Hills FOX Reporter Katrina Lim tells us what steps to take in large crowds.

Sergeant Mark Alley from SPD says not many major crimes occur during the Rally, but smaller crimes such as theft or pick-pocketing do still happen, especially to people who come from smaller towns who may not be used to large gatherings.

Sergeant Mark Alley from the Sturgis Police Department says, "With pedestrian traffic downtown, it usually gets gridlocked and so when you're standing is when they (pickpockets) take the opportunity most times. Just be aware when you are standing still, of who's around you and what they're doing and your property. You backpacks, make sure that they're zipped up."

Katrina Lim says, "Although officers say not a lot of pickpocketing happens during the Rally, they still recommend that you be care and keep your purse slung in front of you and your wallet in your front pocket."

Sergeant Alley says it's also good to have an evacuation plan in case of an emergency.

Sergeant Mark Alley says, "When you're in large crowds, try to look around and see where you could leave in a safe manner. Usually, the way that you came in, the way you come out, won't always work so looking around and making a plan with the people that you're with takes a couple minutes, but that way if something does happen, you're already prepared."

In addition to being safe in the crowds, a spokeswoman for Sturgis cautions people to be safe on the streets.

Sturgis Public Information Officer Christina Steele says, "Here in Western South Dakota, we're not really used to a lot of traffic in a small space so people just have to keep in mind that there's a lot of visitors here. They may not know exactly where they want to turn or where they want to go or they may stop to look at something so patience is really key."

Sergeant Alley also says whether you're at the Rally or any crowded event, you should always be aware of your surroundings.