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NY1 Finds Broken Doors At Many of Brooklyn's NYCHA Developments

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In the aftermath of the stabbing of two children at a Brooklyn public housing development, officials are calling for more security cameras. But another security issue has come to light. Broken and unlocked doors. Courtney Gross visited several developments and found exactly that. She filed this report.

Sometimes you don't need a key to get into public housing. You can just walk straight through the front door.

"You walk right in, all the buildings," said one resident.

Call it an open door policy, we found repeated across the city.

NY1 visited three public housing developments in Brooklyn and time and time again, we pulled the handle to find doors unlocked and broken.

Giving any passerby complete access to the top floors of a building. Leaving residents here in Red Hook or in East New York frustrated, calling for more security.

"We ain't got not kind of security in here,” said another resident.

"There is a homeless shelter. People can walk in and out of the building any time they get ready to,” said a third resident.

"You see the kids that just got killed just now because they are letting people inside the buildings. You understand? That's very bad,” said a fourth resident.

Same goes for Linden Houses, just blocks from where these two children were stabbed in an elevator this weekend.

"You can easily kick them and they open, right open,” said a Linden Houses resident.

Here in Brooklyn, it was easier for us to find an open door we could just walk through as opposed to one that was locked. Nonetheless, officials at the housing authority say fixing broken doors is one of their top priorities

"As I said, it's two victims too many. The notion that cameras, etc. are a luxury is false,” said Shola Olatoye of the New York City Housing Authority.

On top of security cameras, the city has installed what's called layered access at 63 buildings in 26 developments. For them, it means new stronger doors, intercoms, all making it much harder for anyone to get in.

Housing authority officials say six developments are slated to get the technology this year.

"They need to fix it so nothing like that East New York thing with the kids can happen over here,” said a resident.

For now, these developments are shut out.

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