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As Robberies in Prospect Park Increase, Arrests Jump 10 Percent

According to the NYPD’s 78th Precinct, there have been 17 robberies this year, as compared to only seven last year.

Prospect Park can be a great place to have fun with the family, exercise or even bring a date. But with the sun going down earlier and earlier, you always want to be aware of your surroundings.

According to the Commanding Officer of the 78th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri, whose men cover most of the park, there has been an increase in robberies within its 585 acres.

Deputy Inspector Ameri said that there have been 17 robberies between Jan. 1 and Nov. 23 this year, compared to only seven during the same span of time in 2011.

“We are experiencing a little spike in robberies in the park,” Ameri said during an interview on Tuesday. “But our enforcement numbers and overall quality of life have increased in the park with more and more arrests.”

This year, Ameri explained, the number of arrests his men have made in the park increased 10 percent as compared to last year’s collars.

As the New York Post reported about the increase in crime earlier, the majority of the robberies are iPhone-related.

Most of the robberies do not involve weapons, but rather are “strong arm robberies,” Ameri said, explaining that the crooks only use physical force to mug their victims of their valuables.

One of the most recent arrests occurred on Friday, Nov. 23. According to the 78th Precinct’s police report, three young men approached a woman near the park’s dog beach at around 4 p.m. and stole her iPhone.

Before they were able to snatch it and run away, the woman put up a fight as the three teenagers struggled to rip it out of her hands. Eventually, she let go of her cell and they ran away.

Later that same night, some of Ameri’s officers arrested the men in the confines of the 70th Precinct while they were trying to sell the woman’s iPhone.

Ameri said he will continue to fight the increase in crime with more force.

“As a result of this recent spike, I am putting more of my officers in the park,” Ameri said. “Have some patience and be careful. I am working as hard as I can.”

Dudley Escobar November 30, 2012 at 06:05 PM
So you're saying that if someone grew up in the area but can't afford to remain here, that it's better for them to camp out in the park than to move to a cheaper neighborhood? It seems like that's what you're saying.
Ladydi69126 December 03, 2012 at 05:54 PM
I am not saying living in the street is cheaper nor do i support anyone for that matter voluntarily building a tent city. But Park Slope needs affordable housing for those on fixed incomes instead of being ostracized by greedy landlords afraid their property values will go down
kookoohead January 15, 2013 at 03:23 AM
I think they should lower the rents on 5th Avenue in Manhattan so there will be less homelessness and crime and more happiness everywhere. The city should pass a law to do this.
Gregg January 15, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Comprehension impaired? The article stated that these are mostly "strong arm" muggings, without any weapons involved. What are you going to do with your "stop & frisk", remove people's arms?
Parksloper January 15, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Gregg It said most genius, not all.

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