Members of the patrol cruise around Moore Square, Glenwood South and the warehouse district on bikes. Their bright yellow shirts make them easy to spot. City leaders hope the safety patrol's presence will deter crime - and reassure visitors.
"The perception is that downtown is more unsafe. I don't think that statistics back that up. But we have to deal with people's reality. If they think it's unsafe, we have to deal with that," Errol Frailey of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance said.
The safety patrol is on duty six nights a week. Raleigh police have also increased their patrols in the entertainment district.
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