Arkansas State Fair increases security amid crime surge

(AP) - The Arkansas State Fair will increase its security
this year amid a surge of crimes in Little Rock.Event President Ralph Shoptaw tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the
fair has purchased walk-through metal detectors for the first time in its
78-year history. The detectors, which cost about $1,500, are paid for through a surplus equipment program.

In previous years, security guards have used handheld metal detectors to
search for weapons. Weapons, including concealed carry firearms, are banned from the fairgrounds.

Shoptaw says additional lighting has also been installed in the parking lots and security will be conducting "roving patrols" in those areas.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office has said it will also have about 15 to 20 deputies patrolling the fair.

The fair will be Oct. 12 to Oct. 22.

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