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Chicago officials strive for safe baseball season

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Baseball season in Chicago begins next week. The White Sox open at the Cell on Monday. The Cubs take to Wrigley next Friday. As the bats crack the ball inside the stadiums, Chicago Police will be cracking down hard on criminal behavior.

Baseball fans be warned.

"Drinking on the public way will be given a zero tolerance. Trespassing, illegal peddlers, individuals coming down to do stuff they are not supposed to do…We are going to be focusing on them," said Commander of the 19th District Eli Voulgaris.

Also, Chicago Police will be focusing on the neighborhoods near the ballparks. Law enforcement will keep watch three hours after each home game on weekends, as well as two hours during the week.

"We are still going to maintain the presence that we had last year, but this year we will have more visibility after the games," added Voulgaris.

Cubs and White Sox officials hope more visibility will not only keep fans safe, but also prevent the unnecessary headaches those who live near the ballparks face every season.

"We are asking people to respect the community. Respect the people who live there. Don't liter and don't drink on the public ways," said 11th Ward Alderman James Balcer.

"Public safety, public urination, no parking, use public transit…These are the factors when coming into the Lakeview neighborhood," said 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney.

Fans are also urged to use public transportation, but if you must drive, there is a new remote parking lot near Wrigley at Irving Park and Rockwell.

"Potential 100 spaces, free shuttle, running 2 hours before the game and 2 hours after the game," added Tunney.

Police are also asking the fans to be alert, and call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity, especially in the neighborhoods near the ballparks.

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