North Park businesses step up customer safety


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SAN DIEGO – Businesses in North Park are going the extra mile to ensure their staff members and customers will not become a victim to the recent North Park assaults.

Has Mahmood, an owner of Coin-Op Room along 30th Street, said he and his employees have been spreading the word about the recent attacks so patrons can look out for one another.

“The biggest effort we’re doing is making sure everyone knows about this. We encourage people, if they’re walking around, to grab a friend. We can help you or walk with you,” Mahmood said.

Employees at True North Tavern are also offering extra assistance to their customers and others in area. Manager Blue Keirsey said they offer to call a cab and wait outside with women who are alone.

“When girls leave here and they’re leaving by themselves, we ask them, ‘Please let us walk or stand here and let us call a cab for you,'” Keirsey said. “We even offered it to Urban Solace and whatever restaurant wants [a walking companion], as girls walk after a long day at work. I want to make sure we take care of not just our restaurant, but the community.”

According to San Diego police, six women have been attacked in North Park neighborhoods since June. The most recent attack took place Thursday. Police said the woman was walking in an alley off the 3900 block of Idaho Street about 11:30 p.m. when she was attacked from behind.

Police described the suspect as Hispanic, 5-feet, 6-inches to 6-feet tall and wearing a red shirt and dark pants.



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