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Grant Park rolled out security patrols for Braves return home

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The Atlanta Braves are back in town this weekend.

The game is one of several events that had people getting out and about on Saturday.

After a recent rash of violent crimes near the area, the Grant Park Neighborhood Association decided to beef up private security patrols. They want to encourage people come out and feel safe.

Saturday evening people could be seen walking to the restaurants on Memorial Drive.

Sandy Morman came in from Macon, GA for the Braves game.

"We decided to stay and have dinner. We parked in the dark so were hoping it's good when we get back," said Morman.

The extra security started earlier in day all along Georgia Avenue as Braves fans made their way to Turner Field.

A young man was walking along Grant Street near Georgia Avenue was shot in the face and robbed two men last month. Atlanta police released surveillance video of the two possible suspects running from the area.

The day after that crime and not too far away in the East Atlanta Village area, one man was killed and another one wounded while being robbed.

The Summer Hill Reunion at nearby Phoenix Park also had people out and about near the Georgia Avenue Corridor during the same time as the Braves game.

Organizers of the 26th annual neighborhood reunion told CBS Atlanta News they realize major events can attract people who may have bad intentions.

Geoffrey Heard said it's why they hired six off duty Atlanta police officers.

"The person who would commit a crime is going to follow where people are. We're not going to have that here," said Heard.

Marranda Polk told CBS Atlanta News that she drove in from Douglasville to go to the Braves game and to have a late dinner. She said she felt pretty comfortable doing so.

"It's just been great we haven't had any problems. We haven't had any problems. Everything's just been smooth. We have seen a lot of heightened security. And it just made for a very safe feeling," said Polk.

The neighborhood association plans to have the extra patrols out again on Sunday.

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