NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)The city’s initiative to crack down on crime in public housing is working, Mayor Bill de Blasio says.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the city began last month targeting 15 complexes responsible for 20 percent of all crime in public housing.

The city has deployed more than 700 additional police officers and installed more security lighting.

“Violent crime down 25 percent,” de Blasio said. “The four weeks that we’ve been at this now, down 25 percent. Shootings down 67 percent.”

The mayor said the city is also getting kids off the streets by keeping community centers open until at least 11 p.m., with some having weekend hours until 12:30 a.m.

“We knew we had to reach a lot more kids, and we had to reach them longer into the night,” the mayor said.

Prior to the $210 million citywide initiative, the city had experienced a spike in shootings in public housing buildings.

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