VENICE ( — Security concerns in the city of Venice have prompted a meeting with merchants Monday.

They are considering hiring security guards to protect their property and local patrons.

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There have also been problems with parking in the area.

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Many are concerned about overall safety after one merchant’s finger was recently bitten off by a homeless person.

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The meeting will take place 6 p.m. Monday at the Westside Global Awareness Magnet School.