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Crowd control will be important during the Winnipeg Jets home opener.

A security expert says Winnipeg should be extra vigilant with crowds when the Jets host their first home NHL hockey game in October.

Two events are planned for fans of the team, a family friendly home-coming party is set for Oct. 6. The team's first home game, after an absence of 15 years, is Oct. 9.

Winnipeg Police are planning for large crowds, especially in the city's downtown.

Jason Phillip, the owner of an Alberta-based security company that specializes in crowd control, said the biggest risk with a large group of people is over-intoxication.

He suggested the city adopt a strict security stance.

"I'd lock it down like a fortress," Phillip said. "You have got to be a presence. Everyone has to see you."

Phillip said any errant behaviour should be quickly nipped in the bud, before something more serious unfolds.