Providence police are stepping up patrols after concerns over a series of violent crimes on the East Side.
Officers in plain clothes will now monitor the area between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Providence police say the idea is to keep Brown University students and other visitors walking around the area safe at night.
Some college students told NBC 10 that they considered the action money well spent.
"I feel like it's a safe area generally, but it's always good to have more cops, especially when new freshman come in, there can be a lot of commotion," said one Brown University student.
"We definitely hear a lot about incidents on Thayer (Street), but maybe some of the incidents are off Thayer, (but near Thayer) more often. But I think more cops makes me definitely feel safer in the area," said Brown University student Victor Hartley.
The undercover officers working on Thayer Street will be in addition to the officers already out on patrol throughout the city.
Many area customers were happy to hear it considering recent violent incidents that have happened here.
"I do think they need more police, especially when school starts and there's drinking. I think it's definitely a good idea. I remember reading about several things that happened, down here. One young boy got really hurt when his head was injured on the pavement by another man," said Barbara Zito of Pawtucket.
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