Be a safe and happy Falcons tailgater (Credit, Andrew Snorton)

If you watch the evening news in any major city around the country, it’s pretty depressing. The news in Atlanta is no exception. Although newsworthy stories surrounding tailgating are few and far between, it is still important to stay safe while tailgating at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta boasts a dedicated and usually well-behaved tailgating crowd, but it doesn’t hurt to follow a few steps to make sure you are safe and sound on game day.

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Host your tailgate party out in the open for added security (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Early Arrivals

The old saying tells us that the early bird gets the worm, and that is also true with tailgating. Serious fans arrive up to seven hours before the game to get the best spots. They are the best spots because they are visible. Being out in the open is good, as “five-finger discount lovers” will have to go elsewhere.

Lock Everything Up

This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised at how many cars remain unlocked in the parking lots. This is an invitation for not only professional thieves, but amateur grabbers to see what they can find in your vehicle. If you are heading inside the Georgia Dome after your tailgate, lock your vehicle. Also, please lock your belongings up if you wander around while tailgating.

Keep the whole family safe in this big city (Credit, Rick Limpert)

Personal Security System

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We live in the digital age, and there really is an app for everything. That includes personal security at home or while you are out. MyForce is an app and a personalized alarm system. It is there when you need it. It’s connected not only to your family and friends, but also to a central location where the company monitors users 24 hours a day. Download the app and register online to get up and running. MyForce will also notify an emergency contact when needed. It does cost a fee, but it’s worth it for safety and security.

Get to Know the Security

The security team at the Georgia Dome are the MVPs off the field. They keep things in order and make sure everything runs smoothly. Some of these security guards have been working the Dome since it opened in the early 90s. Get to know these hardworking men and women as they are really working for you. When something looks fishy, they will be there to save the day.

Avoid Bringing Valuables

This again may seem like a given. There is no reason to bring valuable jewelry, car titles or extra keys to your tailgate. I hate to say it, but at this time of the year, shopping bags and wrapped gifts are just an open invitation for someone to have an early Christmas courtesy of a distracted football fan.

Enjoy the food, drink and football this weekend, and be safe!

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Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at

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