NEW YORK – New York City is enjoying a decrease in crime across the 5 boroughs but the NYPD has found that there is one place criminals still thrive – parks.
A disturbing trend that put a damper on the fact that crime reduced city wide was shown by new crime statistics.
Crime in parks increased 18% from 2012 in 2013. 417 major felony crimes occurred in 2013 as compared to 354 in 2012.The number of rapes doubled. 60% of all park crimes occurred in Central Park and Riverside Park in Manhattan and Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
But still according to the de Blasio administration, the city is safer than before.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said, “The numbers we’re seeing are just reflective that this has become an incredibly safe city. Speaking of Rikers (Island), Rikers back in 1994-95 had a population of, what, 22,000? We were actually opening the barges to house them because we had so many people to put there. The population now, I think, on a daily basis is 11,000 or 12,000″.
New York City does not presently have a parks commissioner and Mayor de Blasio said that he is going to start the interview process soon.