Patrols increased for Bike Week in Central Fla.

Daytona Beach Police add officers along Main Street

Published On: Mar 08 2013 11:59:00 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 09 2013 12:05:58 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Bikers and spectators from around the world are descending on Daytona Beach as Bike Week kicks off.

William Harley spent the night taking in all the excitement from his bike.

"All the bikers, the good entertainment, food riding, I love it," said Harley.

But Bike Week wouldn't run as smoothly if it weren't for deputies and police working the streets.

Daytona Beach Police have beefed up their enforcement with officers all along Main Street, which is blocked off for drivers.

David Miller said he's noticed the increase.

"I've noticed a real heavy police presence to make sure everything runs smoothly," said Miller.

While police monitor traffic for thousands, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office has their motorcycle theft task force out making sure bikes aren't stolen.

"They come out here and take a proactive approach to try and minimize motorcycle thefts that occur during this year," said Sgt. Bryan Morford, Daytona Beach Police.

"Normally when they walk through, they start looking at the numbers on your Harley to see if its registered in your name, or if it's already stolen," said biker William Harley.

FHP is also warning the public about bike safety, reminding bikers to wear bright clothing to be more visible, and telling drivers to look twice before switching lanes or making turns.

Bike Miller said safety is something in the back of his mind.

"You try not to think about it, until after you get back home," said Miller. "Then you think about it, but when your riding, you don't think a whole lot about it."

Police say so far they haven't had any major incidents.

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