Memorial Tournament attracts tourists and more police presence

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The worlds' top golfers are getting ready for the first round of the Memorial Tournament, which always brings in thousands of tourists and visitors to the city of Dublin.

The event also brings in added police presence because of potential criminals looking for the perfect opportunity.

“When you come to the tournament, wherever you happen to park, you’re always a potential target,” said Lt. Steve Farmer with the Dublin Division of Police.

What will present a new challenge to police this year are the new parking garages at Bridge Park, Dublin’s newest downtown attraction of restaurants, shops and hotel.

The tournament is offering free shuttle rides to Muirfield Village Golf Club for anyone with a valid Millennial Ticket. The ticket is convenient for the younger crowds wanting to get into the game of golf, but also adds a new security dimension for Dublin police

“Normally we had hotels and park and rides no problem. With Bridge Park, we have extra people watching, citizens on patrol, community service officers, patrol officers and we have special units that will be keeping an eye on these areas,” Lt. Farmer said.

He said the best way to keep your vehicle safe and crime-free is to keep valuables locked up and out of sight. Or, better yet, don’t bring any with you to the tournament.

“Anything you can see inside the vehicle from walking past is a target,” he said.

CrimeTracker 10 took a closer look at overall crime during last year’s Memorial Tournament and found relatively low crime reports.

  • OVI arrests (2)

  • Arrests on or near tournament grounds (3)

  • Theft from Vehicles (1)

  • Burglary (2)

  • Total Thefts (5)

  • Hotel Related Thefts (2)