Today's Columbia Spectator article on the incidents reflects the feeling of dismay that most folks living in this part of South Harlem feel since the neighborhood has been quiet in the past couple of years. The park is full of young children and families during any given day and most folks feel absolutely safe while walking down the tree-lined blocks. The article also suggests that budget cuts in the police department may also be a direct link to this slight increase in crime. Read more in the Columbia Spectator: LINK.
On a final note, this post was really set out to make sure people are aware of what is happening in their surroundings. Citizens have to report questionable activities on their block if any sort of neighborhood improvement is to happen. Based on these current events, the local police should be more responsive to the general public's concerns and things will only get better if more of the community gets involved in reporting on suspicious activity as they see it happen.