String of attacks spur town hall meeting in North Park

SAN DIEGO - Concerned neighbors in North Park gathered for a town hall meeting Saturday that was already planned before a sixth attack that happened Thursday night.

"Unfortunately with women like us, we have to be extra cautious," said one resident.

One man at the meeting said, "You've got to be paying attention. You've got to be out there looking around."

Women in their 20s have been targeted. All the attacks have occurred between 9:40 p.m. until 1:20 a.m. on streets that can be very dark.

"There's always a discomfort there because there's very little street lighting," said a concerned woman. "I almost feel like walking through an alleyway is a little safer."

San Diego Council President Todd Gloria urged neighbors to keep their porch lights on at night.

"We're looking at the possibility of replacing the bulbs in the area from the current ones to LED lighting," Gloria said. "The value in that is they can shine brighter."

Police have ramped up efforts with adding more patrol officers on foot and bicycles. The San Diego Police Department also has a mobile command post set up in the Fresh and Easy grocery store at nighttime.

"If you see something, you have to say something," said San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. "You can't call us enough."

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