Police, business owners prepare for crowds during College Beach Week

Posted at 11:30 PM, Apr 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-25 06:05:27-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Two years ago during College Beach Weekend, chaos broke out at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Several reports of stabbings, shootings and fights erupted in the Resort City.

“There were not enough police officers and too many people and you know, the alcohol gets flowing the later the night goes on. People stop thinking rationally,” says David Smith who works at Foxy Jewelry and Accessories.

He hopes that with a heavier police presence this year, much like last years when things were much quieter, it will keep the crowds from getting out of control.

“Like last year, they did a lot better. A lot better. They actually had road blocks going in and going out. There were cops there making sure everything was good,” says Smith.

Police hope to keep it good, partly with this message.

Virginia Beach Police released a video on YouTube urging visitors to the oceanfront to have fun but be safe.

NewsChannel 3 caught up with Mayor Will Sessoms.

“You know, I question the number now. You just don't know what to anticipate crowd-wise and the weather is going to have a part in this as well. You know, we welcome everyone. Let's have fun. Know there's going to be a heavy police presence and we're going to make sure the streets are safe,” Sessoms.

Smith says he and other business owners are concerned, but they welcome the crowds and the business the crowds bring.

“A lot of people here are just here to have a good time man and that's what we're here to do, show you a good time,” says Smith.

We also spoke to the police chief on Friday night. Jim Cervera says there was only one arrest, which is pretty standard for Friday night.

So far, there  have not been any other reports.