Keeping Ribfest Safe

With the nation on high alert after a series of recent terrorist attacks all over the world, the Naperville Police Department is making Ribfest security a team effort to make sure everyone enjoys Fourth of July festivities safely.

“Over the past couple of months we’ve been working closely with surrounding agencies, county agencies, state agencies, and federal agencies. We have a network of people to monitor things like social media and national news to see if there is anything going on around the area to impact our event,” said Sergeant Steve Schindlbeck.

Ribfest also has their own security, which will work with the pros in securing the perimeter of the fest as well as the park, and will patrol various exits.

“We have secure gates, there will be bag checks when people come through. We don’t allow food or drink in, no large umbrellas or weapons, and that’s due to the Park District, this is a weapon free area,” said Rick Grimes, Head of Ribfest Security.

And the police remind everyone to remember the golden rule of staying safe at large events.

“The biggest thing that I would encourage is if you see something say something. Tell a police officer, fireman, so that we can relay the message to incident command,” said Schindlbeck.

For a full list of what you can and cannot have at the park visit ribfest.net.

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