Sunday, February 14, 2010

Yet another account of high crime... in Forest City Ratner's mall

From the Fort Greene Association's February 2010 newsletter:
The FGA along with the Task Force has urged the restoration of Police foot patrols once common in Fort Greene believing that these patrols set Fort Greene and Clinton Hill on the correct course in the early 90’s when they were active. In speaking of his available resources at the 88th, Captain Tasso says that he does not have the manpower for foot patrols except for specific high crime locations. One of these locations is Atlantic Center, which does not have its own security force but drains Police resources from the 88th.
From the Atlantic Yards Blight Study conducted by AKRF:
The Atlantic Center and Atlantic Terminal shopping centers are located immediately north of the project site, also within the boundaries of Sector 88E. In an effort to determine whether a large proportion of crimes reported for Sector 88E might have occurred on the Atlantic Center/Atlantic Terminal premises rather than on the project site, crime data were obtained from the security staff at the shopping centers.

Based on this data, which reflects incidents occurring within the Atlantic Center and Atlantic Terminal shopping and parking areas as well as on the surrounding sidewalks, it is unlikely that a large proportion of crimes in sector 88E occurred on the Atlantic Center or Atlantic Terminal premises. For example, while there were 39 robberies in sector 88E in 2005, the shopping center security records indicate that no robberies occurred that year at Atlantic Center or Atlantic Terminal. Similarly, while there were 115 grand larceny crimes reported for sector 88E in 2005, the shopping center security force recorded only one incident of larceny that same year. Although crimes catalogued by the Atlantic Center and Atlantic Terminal security staff are not necessarily the same as those catalogued by the NYPD, the relatively low number of crimes reported at the shopping centers indicates that the high crime rate in sector 88E is more likely a result of crimes occurring on the project site than in Atlantic Center or Atlantic Terminal.
(Emphasis added)

Note that the mall does seem to have security staff. It's not clear, however, whether there are enough such staff. And it seems quite likely they're fudging the books--and AKRF didn't check any further.

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