Politicians look to beef up security in public housing projects

Crime in city-run developments jumped 31 percent since 2009

TRD New York /
Apr.April 07, 2014 12:40 PM

Some politicians are pushing for more security features and police officers at public housing projects after a news report revealed an alarming spike in criminal activity in the city-run buildings.

Major crimes — a category which counts assaults, robberies, and grand larcenies — rose 31 percent since 2009 in developments run by the New York City Housing Authority, according to the New York Daily News. Comparatively, crime has increased citywide by 3.3 percent over the same period, the paper reported.

With that in mind, Public Advocate Letitia James and Council member Ritchie Torres have asked the Police Department to post more cops on duty, as well as install better street lighting, an intercom system to manage residence access and more security cameras.

Crime has long been an issue at NYCHA housing. The agency took some heat last year for holding up funds allocated for new security cameras in high-crime buildings, as previously reported. NYCHA has made a dent in delayed apartment repairs, however, reducing the backlog to 106,000 orders. [NYDN]Angela Hunt


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
43-20 49th Avenue in Long Island City and Andrew Chung of Innovo Property Group (Credit: Google Maps)

Andrew Chung tees up Queens’ biggest deal of 2019

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Holds Public Housing Town Hall In The Bronx (Credit: Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to put rent regulation, mortgage fraud in the national spotlight

Elevated risk: Malfunction at NYCHA is putting public housing residents at greater risk of being injured in its elevators

Clockwise from left: 373 East 183rd Street, 261 East 202nd Street, 270 East 203rd Street, and 750 East 134th Street in the Bronx (Credit: Google Maps)

The top 10 biggest real estate projects coming to NYC

Amazon mulls new grocery chain, Douglas Elliman’s new marketing boss: Daily digest

Manhattanville (Credit: Wikipedia)

Monadnock, others to lead $500M renovation of Manhattan NYCHA properties

Letitia James and Raphael Toledano (Credit: Getty Images; Toledano by Michael McWeeney)

Raphael Toledano reaches $3M settlement over tenant harassment

Fake sultan sentenced after allegedly defrauding Miami real estate billionaire and others

arrow_forward_ios