Police preparing for crime spike on Superbowl Sunday

Police preparing for crime spike on Superbowl Sunday

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Odessa Police said they're on high alert for Superbowl Sunday crimes because of patterns they've seen in the past.

"We do seem to see an increase of DWI arrest and more disturbances during the holiday weekend, including Superbowl Sunday," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, a spokesman for the Odessa Police Department.

According to police, domestic incidents and calls relating to violence spike around Superbowl Sunday every year in Odessa.

But a study published in the "Handbook of Sports and Media" looked at more than 1.3 million domestic violence reports from every day of the year in 15 cities.

The researchers behind the study found only a small rise in these cases on or just after Superbowl Sunday. Christmas accounted for a much bigger spike.

LeSueur said they're still prepared for every day, including game day.

"We're constantly responding to disturbances so we definitely will be ready for it come Sunday," he said.

The goal isn't just cracking down on crime. Police are working to keep you safe, especially if you're in a state to be a danger to others.

"Obviously there's going to be a lot of intoxicated people out there," said LeSueur. "A lot of people out having fun but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Just think before you drive."

Police are advising people without designated drivers to "please stay home."