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De Blasio Pushes NYPD for Expanded Crime-Tracking in Parks

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Couple on a bench Couple on a bench (nurpax/flickr/CC-BY-2.0)

Public Advocate Bill De Blasio said the NYPD should provide crime data for all city parks following an alleged sexual assault in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village over the weekend.

De Blasio’s remarks came after the fifth alleged assault in city parks in recent weeks.

“We need the data on crime in the parks to public,” he said. “We need it to be current and then we need to shift resources accordingly.”

Police arrested a 27-year-old homeless man on Saturday for allegedly raping a 31 year-old-woman who was sleeping on a bench in Tompkins Square Park. 

Currently, the NYPD compiles crime data for 31 parks.  

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