AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's the day before ACL 2013 kicks off, and that means those last minute preparations are well underway.
But it's not just ACL organizers that are gearing up for the 2 weekend festival; nearby neighborhoods are also preparing for an influx of guests parking on their streets.
Earlier in the day, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said his department is ready for the big weekend.
"We're looking forward to having our ACL visitors come out from around the world," said Acevedo. "We're ready, we're open for business, but it's important that when you are at ACL, you need to be our eyes and ears."
Police are asking people to keep a close eye on their personal belongings and to travel light. Acevedo said there will be extra patrols during both weekends of ACL. Officers become very busy during the weekend of festivities.
Last year, there were 17 burglaries, six drug possessions and eight bicycle thefts around the festival grounds at Zilker Park and Barton Springs Road. In comparison to just last weekend, there was just one report of someone leaving the scene of a crash and three theft cases.
Police said if people see anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, to go with their gut and contact an officer.
"You know what's happened around the globe with some of the issues with home-grown and foreign-grown extremists," said Acevedo. "If you see somebody acting suspicious - if it's 90 degrees out, and somebody's wearing a big ol' coat, huge backpack, coming toward ACL, you might want to call police so we can check out - that's kind of suspicious to me."
ACL has some other reminders for people attending the three day festival. The event is smoke free and festival goers are asked to smoke outside the gates.
Also, for the first time this year, it is mandatory to register your wristband online. There will be multiple 'check-in' boxes around Zilker Park as well.
ACL will have a webcast highlighting 50 of the performers including Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend and Kings of Leon.
There will also be free Wi-Fi on the grounds.
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