New Oak Lawn Security Measures After Series of Violent Attacks

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DALLAS — There’s been a number of violent attacks in Oak Lawn. Many of those have been directed to those in the LGBTQ community. That has folks, like those at "Out of the Closet" on Cedar Springs, taking extra precautions.

“We won’t go out by ourselves. It will be two of us together. It’s really awful," said Cordero D. Hale, HIV testing counselor.

The Oak Lawn Cedar Springs Crime Watch met with officers Wednesday to talk about what’s going on in their neighborhood and how to stay out of harm’s way.

“If you notice anybody following you, tracking you, anybody circling around the block once or twice, not looking for a parking space, give us a call. Don’t think it’s not important,” Maj. Jimmy Vaughan with DPD said. “We’ll come by, we’ll pull over that car, and we’ll check them out.”

"Out of the Closet" is relieved to see police stepping up.

“It makes us feel a lot better. It does. We’ve seen a lot more police around. They’ve added surveillance cameras, their presence is out here,” Hale said.  “It makes us feel a little bit more comfortable.”

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