SPIKE: Crime Skyrockets In Central Park

Bad Economy Said To Be Reason For 45% Jump From Year Ago

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — It’s one of the top tourist destinations in New York City and arguably the most famous park in the world.

And now it’s the scene of a spike in crime.

In fact, crime in Central Park is up 45 percent compared to last year.

CBS 2’s Magee Hickey reports on what’s being done to stop it.

Among the 20 million people who visit Central Park each year, many can be potential targets of crime, like one German tourist Hickey saw napping in the sun, or the jogger with earphones or the visitor with a knapsack out of reach. With a 45-percent leap in crimes in Central Park over the last year experts are worried that visitors are too relaxed about their safety.

Specifically, seven rapes have been reported so far this year, compared to none for the same period last year. Robberies are up to 22 this year compared to 18 last year and grand larceny, 56 incidents this year compared to 35 last year — a 60 percent increase.

“The economy, a bad economy doesn’t help. Many more people are using the park. Many are lulled into a false sense of security,” said NYC park advocate Geoffrey Croft.

So Hickey brought a self-defense expert into the park to give some tips on how we can all be safer.

“Stay in populated areas. Don’t take shortcuts,” female awareness expert Gabrielle Rubin said.

Rubin’s other tips include: jog with a buddy, particularly during pre-dawn or dusk hours; change your route daily; make eye contact with passersby, don’t wear earphones or talk on the phone if walking alone and keep personal possession close at hand.

Most welcomed the pointers.

“My mom tells me to do that all the time,” jogger Brooke Kneteman said.

“If you’re going to close your eyes, maybe not a good idea to have headphones on because you lose two senses,” student Max Behr added.

“This handbag is way too easy to grab. Put together is much harder to grab,” Rubin said.

  • Al

    Wanna see the crime rate crash? Send in undercover decoy cops to just blow away every thug who tries to attack them. If we can’t legally arm the public, at least do THAT! A piece of lead in the belly from a .38 snubby works wonders.

  • heiferhopper

    That’s it, I know what will fix this: outlaw all guns, make it illegal for criminals to carry them, make it illegal to shoot anyone, make it illegal to steal from anyone, and make it illegal to even think bad thoughts about someone else that you are not related to or married to. That should stop all crime in it’s tracks. Now, what is that number to 911? I wonder if the gov’nah knows, maybe he could tell me…

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  • BikeerBen

    I seem to recall a courageous mayor named Rudy Giuliani who did much to reduce crime in New York. His reward was to be called a Nazi by the Hollywood crowd, who then promptly purchased condos in New York.

  • Chris

    Maybe if Bloomberg had spent 1/10 of the money he spent on getting elected on police protection in Central Park, we wouldnt have this problem. I guess he was too busy saying how much he supports the mosque at ground zero.

  • toldya

    An armed population is a polite population. You New Yorkers ready for concealed carry yet? The rest of the country is already there. The cops job is to investigate you death or rape, not prevent it. Quit voting for liberals who don’t care if you get murdered or mugged. The 2nd amendment is for EVERY citizens.

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  • chinableu2010

    1. Stay out of Central Park
    2. Do not scream for help. Too much trouble for others. Always yell, Fire!
    3. Yes, the economy is a factor. No one has credit.
    4. Keep your money inside a money belt–along with ID (if you are found)
    5. Call Woody Allen to come to get you, if you are in need of advice.

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