DALLAS -- Ever since unprovoked attacks have plagued the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, local businesses are taking security measures. And that is especially the case for this weekend's Dallas Pride events. The Dallas police department has received about 20 reports of people being attacked both physically and verbally. One of those attacks happened just down the street from well known gay bar Alexandre's.
So, owner Lee Daugherty has decided he needed more than just help from the police in keeping his patrons safe.
"I worked with the city and began volunteer patrolling," Daughtery explained. "We've seen a massive reduction in violent crime since December and we'd like to continue through Pride."
Daugherty and several others are even decorating their own cars with "Volunteer Patrol" decals. They'll drive around all night long in an effort to keep crime down.