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Council Holds Hearing To Discuss Uptick In Crime At City's Largest Parks

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After a recent report showed a nearly 50 percent uptick in crime at the city's largest parks, City Council members are demanding to know what the crime rate is at all parks and playgrounds larger than one acre.

A hearing was held Friday to amend a 2006 bill that required crime statistics on the 20 largest parks.

Reporting was supposed to include all 870 city parks larger than one acre by 2009, but right now, only crime data on the city's 31 largest parks is released.

A recent report shows that in April to June of this year, the city's largest parks experienced a 44 percent increase in crimes as compared to the same period last year.

"Knowledge is power. The public needs this information to know where they're safe, where they might not be safe," said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. of Queens. "We need this information on many more parks than 30, and we need it on the web, which this bill will also do, so the public can make its own informations, make its own decisions on how to stay safe."

In the original bill, the New York City Police Department did not have to submit crime statistics if the technology was not available.

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