Safety, security top priorities for Old Town bars

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Bars in Old Town are making safety and security top priorities ahead of the NCAA tournament. 

"This is huge thing for Wichita. It's been building and building. As soon as we knew knowledge of it, we started planning," said Matt Jones, assistant general manager at Pumphouse.

The Pumphouse has added more cameras and security. 

"We want to promote that we have the safest venue in town. We do everything we can and make sure that stays true," said Jones.

He also credits the Wichita Police Department and the City of Wichita for providing classes that inform all alcohol handlers in the city. 

The four-hour "Safe Bars Class" is a requirement for anyone who serves alcohol in Wichita. They cover topics such as fire safety to ways servers can detect fake ID cards and overdrinking.

"I think that's excellent. They should definitely cut people off," said Nikhol Patton, visitor.

"We do a great  job ID'ing people. A lot of the bars down here can kind of spot those younger people. It's pretty obvious," said Logan Carter, who lives in Old Town.

People already visiting Wichita have commented that they feel safe in Old Town especially with the cameras added by the city.

"They definitely make me feel comfortable that there's cameras. People can see what's going on. Police can check if there's anything bad happening," said Matthew Gimben, visitor.


What you need to know...

Per state law, no bars can serve, mix or allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages on its property between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m. For more information on state laws regarding drinking establishments, click here

Per Intrust Bank Arena, among the items not permitted include the following: any weapons, bags larger than 14"x14"x6" and 35mm or detachable lens cameras. For a full list, click here.

Due to NCAA rules, no alcohol can be purchased inside Intrust Bank Arena. 

For more information about the NCAA tournament activities in Wichita, click here.

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