Hired security team watches over 4th Avenue Street Fair tents ov - Tucson News Now

Hired security team watches over 4th Avenue Street Fair tents overnight

Street fair tents by night. (Source: Tucson News Now) Street fair tents by night. (Source: Tucson News Now)
4th Avenue Street Fair (Source: Tucson News Now) 4th Avenue Street Fair (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The 4th Avenue Merchants Association said they have 18 hired security officers keeping an eye out overnight during this year's 4th Avenue Street Fair. 

The security officers work from 7 pm to 7 am and watch over the 400 tents set up along 4th Avenue. 

"We've got them at major choke points and they have their own protocols as well. To make sure if you see a person come out of a bars, cuts through a booth or a lane. They'll contact their other people on the other side and say hey did you see this person. So they gave great communication," said Monique Vallery, the 4th Avenue Merchants Association events director. 

Vallery and the security officers say they haven't had any major problems in the past. Occasionally, they'll have problems with drunk people coming out of bars and trying to get into the tents. 

Vallery said the 4th Avenue Merchants Association, Tucson Police Department and the hired security team plans months in advance. They have various plans in place to keep people and the tents along the fair route as safe as possible. 

Vendors, like Colleen Kagele, said they do their part as well. She attends to 25 to 30 fairs a year, and she has a plan in place to keep her tent safe.   

"We usually try and find the security and tell them if the wind is not blowing and they hear wind chimes, they need to get to my tent. It's kind of my alarm system," Kagele said. "We try and make it so that, out of sight, out of mind. So if they don't see it. If somebody peaks in and goes, there's nothing there." 

It's not just local security and police officers keeping watch on these tents throughout the entire weekend. 

Vallery said federal homeland security officials conduct a sweep with bomb sniffing dogs every morning to make sure it's safe for everyone. 

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