VIRGINIA BEACH -- 248 people were charged with crimes during the Beach weekend event last weekend.
Police Thursday released preliminary data about the April 25-27 weekend when thousands of college students descended on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Arrests were up this year compared with 2013 (183 arrests), officials admitted, but they said a bigger police presence likely contributed to the increase.
However, police say the numbers about the same as they see on busy summer holiday weekends.
Police say nearly all the crimes were minor and the most common incidents were violations of liquor laws, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
“It was a busy weekend, as we expected, but pretty typical for a summer holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Police Chief James Cervera said. “Visitors were mostly well-behaved and enjoying themselves. We were prepared for the large crowd and we quickly removed violators who threatened to disturb others.”
VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE CRIME DATA FOR APRIL 25-27, 2014
248 people charged
6 face felony charges
108 traffic summonses
134 misdemeanors: violations of liquor laws, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace
About 44 percent of those charged are from Hampton Roads, including 25 percent from Virginia Beach
40 percent from other parts of Virginia
15 percent live outside Virginia