More than 170,000 people are expected to visit Downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area this weekend.
Events in Atlanta include the Atlanta Hawks game on Friday at 7:30 and the SEC Championship Game on Saturday at 4 p.m. Auburn (3) will play Missouri (5).
An increased police presence will be visible with specialized units to manage traffic flow from vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The APD is offering a few tips to enjoy the city safely:
Don't buy event or sporting tickets from a scalper. Often the tickets are counterfeit and State law prohibits scalping tickets outside large sporting events. Additionally, selling any ticket for any price including face value is prohibited on Georgia Dome, Congress Center or Centennial Park property.
Don't make it easy for criminals to break into your vehicle by keeping your car clean. Be sure to remove all valuables including holiday gifts, shopping bags, laptops, GPS units, tablet computers, purses, firearms and other valuables from unattended vehicles.
Always be aware of your surroundings, and call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity. Remember the Department's "See Something, Say Something" campaign to encourage vigilance for criminal activity.
Be mindful of parking only in permitted lots and be sure to pay attention to any "No Parking" signs to avoid citations or fines. Violators are also subject to having their vehicles towed and impounded.
Be aware of possible road or lane closures due to events to plan your outings with minimal disruptions.
Consider taking MARTA to these events, or carpooling, to minimize the traffic volume expected in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta.
Other events in Atlanta include:
2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Turner Field, December 7, 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Atlanta Belt Line Eastside 10K, Krog Street, December 7, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Children's Christmas Parade, Midtown Atlanta, December 7, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Auburn University Tigers vs. University of Illinois Fighting Illini, Philips Arena, December 8, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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