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Crime Watch: Barton Springs Spillway is Crime Hot Spot

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Barton Springs is a popular Austin hangout, but it is also known as a hot spot for crimes.

For $3 anyone can splash around in the 68 degree waters at Barton Springs. Those who don’t want to spend money head south to the spillway, which is free for all kinds.

Police said the spillway is also popular for crimes.

"It's a busy place," Officer Arron Miller said. "We come out and spend a lot of time in certain areas where there tend to be a higher instance of burglaries.”

For the past weeks, park officers have been patrolling parking areas, giving out citations and trying to keep a watchful eye out for people’s belongings.

A group of Ladies noticed a suspicious person, who was staying way too close and was asked for too many handouts.

"He immediately came over and asked for a cigarette. He saw me put sunscreen on her and he immediately asked for sunscreen and just eyeballing the bag," spillway user Denise Shafer said.

"I noticed my bag was kind of being eye balled so when I laid it down my friend instinctively knew, we kind of gave each other the look and agreed that only one of us would go in the pool at a time," spillway user Anjanette Jones said.

Officer Miller talked to the man and after a check arrested him for outstanding warrants.

Others have been victims of crime in this area as well.

"I was with a group of people, put our stuff on the bank and went in for three and four minutes and shortly thereafter got out of the water and realized my phone wasn't there," Ashley Beckman said.

Police said the best thing to do is not bring personal items, just leave them at home.

"If you don't need it don't bring it," Miller said.

Officers are patrolling the area and enforcing city ordinances such as smoking, alcohol and swimming bans.

City of Austin does not permit swimming in the spillway, however wading in the area is allowed.

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious people or activities. If you do not see an officer, call 3-1-1 or 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency.
 

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