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By ANN MARIE FAZIO
Daily staff writer
The Ann Arbor Police Department
doesn't seem worried that the crowds
swarming into the city this week might
cause much damage.
Captain Kenneth Klinge, head of the
University division, said fair buyers,
browsers, and partiers are "very well-
behaved" considering the size of the
annual summer fest.
CHIEF WILLIAM Corbett agreed.
"For the most part," he said, "people
are orderly." He added that the only
real increase in criminal activity is in
petty crimes, such as larcenies and
breaking and entering, especially of
vehicles, but not much in other areas.
Most security officials seem to agree
that one of the most serious problems
with the Art Fair is parking.
"There just isn't adequate parking,"
said Walter Stevens, head of University
Security.
JIM STEIN, supervisor of the city's
Parking Enforcement division of the
Department of Transportation, said
problems arise because they have to
close down streets and re-route traffic.
The streets of the new route, he said,
may not be able to handle the traffic
that the street which was blocked off
usually handles. For example, the traf-
fic of S. University is re-routed down
Willard, which is much narrower, he
said.
When cars are parked on these
streets illegally, traffic gets immensely
backed up, he said, and they have to
tow the cars. "Tickets don't get the cars
moved," he explained.
Last year, they had particular
trouble with parking because the Ann
Arbor Transit Authority was on strike,
Klinge said. The AATA usually fur-
nishes a shuttle from the parking lot of
Pioneer High School to the Art Fair so
that people can park there, away from
the fair, and take the bus in.
KLINGE SAID they are going to

provide that service again this year, so
he doesn't anticipate so great a
problem.
Klinge also mentioned theft as a
major problem area, explaining,
however, that it is one of the con-
sequences of having such a large
crowd. "Most of (the art fair attenders)
are law abiding," he said. "But we do
get people who are here to steal."
He warned that women should be
careful with their purses and people
should watch any items they have pur-
chased.
CORBETTALSO suggested that ven-
dors should closely watch their booths
all day long to ward off any theft at-
tempts. He added that people shouldn't
leave items that they have purchased
out in plain view in their cars to tempt
potential thieves.
The police are setting up Base 2, a
"mini-home", on the corner of S.
University and E. University, to aid in
"patrolling and helping wherever we
can," Klinge said.
About ten patrolmen will be watching
the area during the 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
hours of the Art Fair to try to prevent
any violations of the law.
ALSO HELPING out will be mem-
bers of a local Boy Scout troop and the
Police's Explorer Scouts, Corbett said.
The services of the police reserves will
also be utilized.
Corbett noted that the police force
will be "working hand-in-glove" with
University people to insure safety.
Security forces seem, in general,
very much in favor of the Art Fair.
"The extra work is nothing compared
to what it adds to the city," Klinge said.
He added that the fair is a "real plus"
to the city, especially culturally.
This will only be Corbett's second Art
Fair, but he is very enthusiastic about
the gala. The Fair is "very beneficial"
to the city, he said, and brings out a
sense of "neighborliness." It is an op-
portunity for people to come out and
mingle, he said.

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