Security beefed up for bike week

Local officials are reminding motorists to brake for safety during Ohio Bike Week. Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said the 10-day event is relatively safe, but he's prepared to deal with any problems if necessary.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jun 1, 2010


Local officials are reminding motorists to brake for safety during Ohio Bike Week.

Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said the 10-day event is relatively safe, but he's prepared to deal with any problems if necessary.

"We will have additional complement deputies working at the fairgrounds during [Ohio] Bike Week and we will cover any calls as needed to ensure the safety of all the attendees," he said.

Charlie Sams, Sandusky's acting police chief, is also readying his force for the event beginning June 4.

"We have our normal staff working here in the city and we supplement that staff with officers downtown," Sams said "

Up to 30 officers will patrol the downtown area, according to Steve Ernst, president of Advantage Entertainment, which organizes the event for NorthCoast Thunder Productions.

Authorities will monitor a crowd exceeding last year's 155,235 attendees, according to Ernst.

Sigsworth said law enforcement's chief concern is making sure no one gets hurt or killed during the festivities.

In June 2008, there were five separate motorcycle-related deaths. One year prior, 33 motorcycle crashes occurred in Erie County and 190 motorcycle fatalities were reported in Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Officials will also try to reduce the amount of crime compared to last year's event.

About $12,000 of Ohio Bike Week property was stolen, including an inflatable Budweiser and Harley-Davidson logo.

Guests at the event also lost expensive possessions.

Three Cleveland men had their Harley-Davidson motorcycles stolen from the Best Budget Inn on Millan Road last year. The estimated total of the three bikes was $50,000.

Carol Harvey, front-desk manager for Bellevue Hotel and Suites and the company owning the Best Budget Inn, recommended bikers book rooms at hotels that have night security.

But organizers for the event said everything they can control will be as safe as possible.

Ernst said about 40 asset protection officers will assist police officers patrolling at the various events.

He met with state troopers, Border Patrol officers and other officials last week to finalize safety plans.

"We want the roads to be safe," he said. "It's important for [motorists] to respect drivers and behave appropriately."


How to stay safe during Ohio Bike Week

-Secure your property.

-Park in a well-lit area.

-Make sure your vehicle is locked.

-Keep an eye on your property as much as you can.

-Don't drink and drive.

-Use public transportation, the shuttle program and city taxi services.

-Drivers should use caution by looking both ways before turning and yielding to motorcyclists.

(Source: Local law enforcement and Advantage Entertainment)







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This years Bike Week will be bigger than ever, and every one should plan on visiting the Patriots-Unite tents at all the venues. Along with The Ohio Project, we will be gathering signatures for the Ohio Constitutional Amendment... please stop by, and let your voice be heard all the way to Columbus.  be safe, have fun, and be a Patriot.

Raoul Duke

I can't wait...


 All in all the Ohio Bike Week is pretty uneventful in regards to trouble. If you add 100,000 people to your normal community some problems arise but as a group the biking family is law abiding and they add millions of dollars to our economic starved community. Stop and talk to them. You could be talking to a dentist, accountant or teacher.  


Hey DEEPsix, can you provide more information about the petition for the Ohio Constitution Amendment? What are the specifics and can you provide a link about the petition? Also can you provide links to the Ohio Project and Patriots-Unite websites as this is all new information to me. Inquiring minds want to know.

hancrack me up

 I wonder if the Eerie County Sheriff's Office will break out the "Horse Force" & riot gear again this year. I feel bad for the horses, but at least they get out & get some exercise this ONE WEEKEND OUT OF THE YEAR.

I'm interested in how much tax $ this "Mounted Farce" costs & what else they're used for?


It is at this time of year I moarn the disapearance of Pastor Ron. He brought great RAAAARRR to the Bike Week articles.


A moment of silence please for our dear departed innerweb troll

Woody Hayes

Dumpster Don, 2 cases of beer and a 12 gauge shotgun full of rock salt. Justice will be served and the law will be followed.