Felonies in NYC parks on the rise during spring

According to NYPD crime statistics, serious felonies have risen in New York City's largest parks during the spring this year. For the period of April

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the report shows that crime in general is actually low.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the report shows that crime in general is actually low. (8/29/13)

BROOKLYN - According to NYPD crime statistics, serious felonies have risen in New York City's largest parks during the spring this year.

For the period of April to June there were 128 felonies, a 44 percent increase compared to 89 during that same period in 2012.

Prospect Park in Brooklyn had one robbery, one felony assault and three grand larcenies.

City Council member Peter Vallone says the city should boost the number of uniformed police officers in the parks, but Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the report shows that crime in general is actually low.

A spokesperson for the NYPD says that crime in parks is consistently low year after year and accounts for a very small percent of overall crime in the city. He added that most of the crime involves the theft of personal objects such as iPhones, iPads and wallets.
 

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