October 8, 2012 | Village Voice
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says NYPD "blind spots" are partially to blame for a recent spike in sexual assaults in city parks. To fix the problem, de Blasio says the cops need to start tallying park-crime data.
De Blasio's suggestion comes just days after a 31-year-old woman was nearly raped by a homeless man after she fell asleep on a bench in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. She managed to get away from her attacker and call police.
"This fifth alleged sexual assault has us all questioning whether we have the right resources and the right strategy to prevent these crimes in our parks. Ending this latest wave of attacks begins with getting real data on crime in our parks system--information we still don't have on most parks, Tompkins Square Park included," de Blasio says. "The NYPD and Parks Department need to fix these blind spots immediately as a first step to preventing another attack."