Brooklyn Bike Patrol Tries To Give Women Peace Of Mind Amid Sex Attacks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Women in Brooklyn will not be allowed to live in fear. After a months-long string of sex assaults, a group is going out on patrol to keep women safe.

You can’t miss the flyers all over Brooklyn neighborhoods. Something else you can’t miss are some heroes in neon-yellow shirts hoping to give women some protection and peace of mind.

“I can’t even put into words how terrifying this is for a young woman walking alone at night,” Windsor Park’s Stefana Soitos told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin on Monday night.

Soitos was relying on the Brooklyn Bike Patrol for company walking the three dark blocks from her home to the gym and back. At her side was Jay Ruiz, volunteering to safely escort women to where they need to go. He told CBS 2 how the concept began.

“When I saw the video of the woman getting mugged in Park Slope and she was getting choked from behind and she was screaming to the top of her lungs…it really affected me and the very next night I came out with a friend of mine, I was holding a sign with my phone number and my e-mail offering people escorts,” Ruiz said.

The operation currently has 11 volunteers and all of them have registered with the 78th and 72nd Precinct station houses following extensive background checks.

“They know they cannot have a criminal record, because I tell them you cannot jeopardize what I’m doing here,” Ruiz said.

For college educator Ellen Baxt, the nightly bus ride from work that used to end with a lonely, nerve-wracking walk to her house is not so scary now.

“I just feel safe in the neighborhood and I would feel really, really nervous walking home by myself,” Baxt said.

“They are so appreciative that we’re out here and we’re walking them home,” Ruiz said.

Many in the community, including Ruiz, said they will not rest until the sex crime suspects are apprehended.

What do you think of the Brooklyn Bike Patrol idea?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  1. mary dockery says:

    For peace of mind when I’m walking alone at night, I use an iPhone app that, with just two taps, connects you to 911 and sends emails and text messages with your GPS location to your contacts. It also has lots of alarm sounds and a flashlight. It’s called WatchMe 911. their website is: http://www.watchme911.com

  2. Joy says:

    Brooklyn Bike Patrol’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/BROOKLYNBIKEPATROL

  3. Sam says:

    I hate to sound synical but if I don’t personally know the volunteer I would not allow anyone to walk me home from the subway or bus stop. Pretators are very opportunistic and this would be a perfect cover.

    1. JAY RUIZ says:

      Hi Sam, I’M JAY RUIZ FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF BROOKLYN BIKE PATROL . ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE HAD BACKGROUND CHECK AND WE HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE. http://www.facebook.com/BROOKLYNBIKEPATROL YOU CAN SEE THE FACES OF OUR VOLUNTTERS AND WHEN SOMEONE CALL I WILL BE TELLING THEM WHO THEY GOING TO MEET. THIS IS A VERY SAFE SERVICE.

  4. karlson says:

    Where are the “Guardian Angels”? You never hear about them anymore.

  5. King Zohan says:

    im pretty sure you can go into one of the above mentioned police stations and get the information there as well as a background check that youll need to get anyway. You can easily search the address for 72 or 78 Pct on the web.

  6. mike says:

    I live in Bay Ridge I would give up a night to help out …………Please let me know how

  7. James M. Keane says:

    I’m interested in volunteering, but there is no link here to the actual people I should contact.

    1. JAY RUIZ says:

      CALL JAY RUIZ 718-744-7592 AND VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/BROOKLYNBIKEPATROL

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