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Politicians look to beef up security in public housing projects

Crime in city-run developments jumped 31 percent since 2009
April 07, 2014 12:40PM

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