Thirty-one NYPD security camera boxes ring relatively crime-free Central Park, yet only 43 are posted in all of the high-crime Bronx — and residents say their security needs are being ignored to ensure the safety of tourists.
“It’s almost like a Dickens novel,” said Edward Cooks, 60, who works as a custodian at the new courthouse near Yankee Stadium. “A tale of two cities.”
There were 11,527 serious crimes in the Bronx through Sunday, including rapes, robberies and murders. Over the same time period this year, there were 56 such crimes in Central Park. No rapes. No murders. Five robberies.
Such criticism reverberates in Brownsville, where six people, including a 2-year-old girl, were shot on July 29. The only security footage available came from a privately owned camera, not one belonging to the NYPD.
“We need more cameras,” said Christine Smith, 38, who lives across the street from where the shooting took place. “I would feel safer. People who do things will get caught. The areas where there is crime need cameras more.”
There are camera boxes — with two NYPD cameras in each box — at 492 locations throughout the city. The city wants to install another 320 boxes.
Manhattan has 177 camera boxes, including those in Central Park. Brooklyn has 153, Queens 77 and Staten Island 42. The Bronx, with 43, has the fewest, despite having the highest number of crimes per person of all the so-called outer boroughs.