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Police beef up security for Taste of Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Police say they're beefing up their security this year's Taste of Cincinnati event.

In the past month, more than 60 people have shot in the streets of Cincinnati.

Thousands are expected this weekend, police captain Mike Neville said they want to make everyone feel safe in, and around the downtown area.

"We understand that safety is very, very important perspective people look at and we are ready for you,” said Neville.

The Taste of Cincinnati brings more than a half-a-million people to Downtown Cincinnati. Police and event officials said they will boost their presence far and wide.

"We want them to be safe throughout the entire downtown,” said Neville. “Far east, far west and including the event itself."

Although the people we've spoken to downtown said they notice an increase in violence over the past month, they feel the Taste offers some relief.

"When you're getting past one, two in the morning and then people see someone they can take advantage of, but I think during the day, families, I think you're fine," said Cincinnatian Murcy Vanderburg.

"Never this is the one time we get together and it's nice and peaceful,” said another resident James Thompson.

At last year's event, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' son Jonathan and his girlfriend Allison Crable were attacked as they made their way home.

Here's the surveillance video capturing the attack, as they were approached by a number of suspects.

Working with Police, Organizer Rich Walburg says he and his team want to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

"On the auxiliary streets that they are going to have an increased and beefed up presence there as well so that no one feels isolated,” said Walburg.

With a heavy police presence, Walburg wants you to remain vigilant.

"Always be aware of your surroundings, park in well-lit areas, make sure you don't leave valuables in your car."

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