VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Another College Beach Weekend has come and gone, but it was the past problems that people feared.
“If it wasn’t for the police out there, somethings would probably happen like before,” said Karim Hanafi from 17th Street Sal’s Pizza.
There was less chaos served up and businesses took advantage of the crowds.
“For 10 hours straight there was a line from the bathroom all the way to the counter,” Hanafi added.
Though judging by this year’s numbers, police were much busier. In 2015, 190 offenses were racked up. This year that number ballooned to 371 offenses including 65 arrests and 306 summons. Business owners say it was crowded, but they felt very safe.
“There were a lot of officers every time I looked out the window,” Hanafi said.
10 On Your Side wanted to look deeper into the numbers and see if we could find any trends.
In 2014, there were 435 cases. Things were way down in 2015 when there were only 190, but remember the weather was terrible.
Planning for next year’s beach weekend has already begun, and business expect the same results.
“I think the police finally found out what they need to do, they did it and it worked,” Hanafi added.
Virginia Beach Police has released the service calls data from College Beach Weekend 2016.
Starting Friday night, April 22, and ending Sunday, emergency dispatchers received 742 total calls for service. Those calls led to police arresting 65 people.
Another 306 people received summonses stemming from their activity.
See the full data below:
|2016 College Beach Weekend|
Virginia Beach Police Data