LA CROSSE, Wis. -

La Crosse Police had a busy first weekend for Oktoberfest, but they're saying it was safe and successful.

Police calls were up 25% from last year, and officers issued more than twice as many citations. But even with all that activity, they had fewer arrests this year.

They say the nice weather brought out the crowds which could be one reason they were busier.

They say a change in tactics helped them handle the large crowds. "We had an increased bike presence during the parade and then also out in the college area both Friday and Saturday night and that was successful, it was very well received and a lot of people were happy to see our officers out on bikes," said La Crosse Police Lt. Patrick Hogan.

Along with all the Oktoberfest activities, police still were able to respond to an armed robbery and a call of shots fired.