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Denver Police Step Up Patrols After 16th Street Mall Attacks

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DENVER (CBS4) – Police are stepping up patrols in downtown Denver as the baseball and football seasons overlap for a few weeks.

Last weekend a group of teenagers attacked four men on the 16th Street Mall. There were about 10 or 15 teens in on the attack. Police say now is the time to be extra vigilant.

“Bars always close at 2 a.m. and that’s when the events occur,” a mall patron said. “I feel that if the bars would stay open all night the events wouldn’t occur like that.”

“On weekends we do have a larger police presence in the downtown area overall,” Sonny Jackson with Denver police said. “We’re always concerned when you have a large number of people and alcohol.”

Jackson said people should be smart and not do things in excess, such as drinking.

“You drink too much, you’re more vulnerable for a crime,” he said.

Jackson said car break-ins are also a big problem.

“With the football games today and the football games tomorrow we’re asking people to be vigilant and not leave things in the car because car break-ins are a crime of opportunity.”

The Downtown Denver Partnership, a nonprofit that helps to plan and manage downtown, says it relies on strong communication between downtown businesses and police.

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