The Oklahoma City Police Department has implemented new ways to keep those attending the Oklahoma State Fair safe. With hundreds of thousands people attending the fair, this was a must-have this year. According to a September 13 report by KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City, one of the new ways the fair goers are being kept safe is with cameras.
The Oklahoma City Police Department has installed several cameras across the fairgrounds. Some of those locations have been revealed and others have not. Some of the cameras are located on 89er Drive, by the old boy scout's building and at strategic places in the midway.
Most of the people who attend the Oklahoma State Fair are thankful to have the increased security at the fairgrounds. It is unknown how many people are aware of the added cameras and if they like the idea of having the cameras watching them.
Such security measures were not in place during the Oklahoma State Fair in 1981. That was when Charlotte June Kinsey and Cinda Leann Pallet went missing from the fairgrounds. Both of the girls were only 13 years old when they disappeared. They have not been seen since. It is believed that the two girls were kidnapped and murdered by someone who worked in the midway.
“My mom still warns me about going to the fair,” Devon Winters, from Oklahoma City, said. “I have kids of my own now and every year she tells me to be careful so we don't end up like those two girls.”
Many Oklahomans remember Charlotte Kinsey and Cinda Pallet's disappearances and are thankful for the added security. The Oklahoma City Police Department is hopeful that the added cameras and police presence at the Oklahoma State Fair will keep fair goers safe and prevent any more kidnappings.