NEW YORK – On Thursday, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he absolutely wants to disprove the terror the news media has created about crime.
As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, Bratton dismissed the reports claiming that the infamous old squeegee men, and overrun by sinister costumed characters came in the city in Times Square.
According to him, the New York City is still a secure city in the United States and he said overall crime rate decreased in the first 8th months of 2014 by almost 4%.
He said, “In terms of the terror that some of the media are trying to create, I’m sorry, one squeegee pest is not an invasion. I’m sorry, Elmo problems in Times Square are not being overrun by Elmos. And as the crime numbers clearly indicate, I’m quite proud of the work of the men and women of this department”.
According to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Dermot Shea, a large number of categories of crime have decreased. “Transit robbery is down. Home invasion is down. Robberies involving guns – down. We’re down in electronic crime theft – specifically, Apple-related crimes are significantly lower”.
Bratton agreed that there are still issues, including “increase of about 9 percent in our shooting incidents, although the trending is starting to go down in that area; we were in double digits for a while”.
According to the police, the theft of autos has also increased.
New York Post reported earlier this month, “Squeegee men are back terrorizing NYC streets”.
Longtime New Yorkers will recall the issue with the following words: Vagrants accosting drivers at stop lights, spraying windshields of motor vehicles, wiping them down and then demanding cash.
Costumed characters in Times Square had also become the hot topic for headlines in the last few months.
Some of the characters have attacked tourists and harassed them for not paying for photos, according to the authorities.