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People flock to Chip Strip despite recent violence

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People headed downtown for one of the busiest nights for Buffalo bars. YNN's Katie Cummings has more from Thanksgiving Eve partiers on Chippewa Street.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "It’s the day before Thanksgiving aren’t' you supposed to go out?" said Holland resident Nikki Tucker.

That seemed to be the mindset across Buffalo, specifically Chippewa Street, Wednesday night. It's an area has come under fire in the past few months following several violent crimes, including murder.

"We parked that way on Pearl Street and two guys approached us on the way. They were like 'hey can I talk to you.' Like yea, it's definitely intimidating," said Tucker.

Buffalo police employed a new machine Wednesday night called Skywatch to help cut down on crime. However, one person believes the machine could be used more efficiently.

"I think the tower is in the wrong spot though. I don’t know that Papaya, Chocolate Bar and Bada Bing are really centers of violence in Buffalo," said Buffalo resident Kevin Muscoreil.

Some late night revelers say the added police presence is a comfort in the wake of recent violence.

"With all the violence and everything going on, it's still good to be around and we're not nervous or anything. There’s more than enough police and everybody patrolling so we'll be fine," said Buffalo resident Lindsay Graczyk.

But one city resident thinks crime should not be a deterrent.

"I don’t think that people should avoid the Chippewa area just because of what's going on violence wise. I think you know we have a lot of local bar owners. That we need to support and you know we just can’t be afraid of the people who are going to engage in criminal activity and try to scare us out of the area," said Buffalo resident Jessica Trusso.

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