Big Jump in Central Park Crime for 2010

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
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Photo source: Bales, NY Daily News

Central Park saw a dramatic increase in crime, according to The Wall Street Journal.  NYC Park Advocates compiled statistics that revealed a 44% increase in overall crime in the park last year compared to the year prior, with noticeable increases in rapes and narcotics arrests.  Overall crime reports jumped to 101 (from 70 in 2009), with a jump from 0 to 7 rapes and 34 to 71 narcotics arrests from 2009 to 2010.  As many as half of the reported crimes occurred in the north end of the park, according to the report.  As a response to the report, NYPD spokesman Paul J. Browne noted that the park is one of the safest areas in the city, seeing “the lowest number of crimes compared to any other precinct,” even with “over 20 million visitors annually.”  Despite the numbers being relatively low in comparison to decades prior and other areas, the jump was still noticeable (as one of our top news stories of 2010), with a spokesperson with NYC Park Advocates noting a high correlation between crime and lack of police presence.  Also noted as possible causes were the increase in overall visitors to the park and the sluggish economy, a common indicator of crime spikes.

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