Oak Lawn attacks prompt police to increase patrols

The Oak Lawn community met with Dallas city leaders Wednesday night to talk safety concerns after four recent attacks on men.

Residents have concerns about security for the annual Halloween block party on Cedar Springs Road this weekend.

Many nearby residents have been anxious after the recent attacks and no arrests. One of the attacks is being investigated as a hate crime. 

The meeting took place at the Resource Center in Oak Lawn. It was an opportunity for city officials like Mayor Rawlings to meet with people who live there and hear their concerns.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dallas police met with business owners and residents at the Oak Lawn library branch during a monthly crime watch meeting.

Police say they anticipate tens of thousands of people in the area on Saturday -- even more than they get for the neighborhood’s gay pride parade.

“If you are leaving, don't leave alone,” said Deputy Chief Catrina Shead with the police department. “Leave at a decent hour. Take a main thoroughfare as you walk.”

Police are also asking business owners to monitor how much patrons drink and for patrons to watch their consumption.

A man named Michael who did not want FOX 4 to use his last name says he was beaten in an alley on his way to a bar and still has not completely recovered.

He says he does plan on attending Wednesday night’s meeting, but even his own attack won't keep him away from Saturday’s block party.

Councilman Adam Medrano says he drove around the area the other night looking for lights that were out and personally reported them to Oncor.

He says improvements could also be on the way as he pushes to use bond money approved in 2012 for more cameras and lighting in the area.

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