NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - Violent crimes including murders, rapes and robberies are reportedly up 23 percent in the nine months through March across New York City parks, according to the watchdog group, 'NYC Parks Advocates.'
In a report released by the group Monday, more than one person a day is the victim of a violent crime in a city park.
Crotona Park in the Bronx had the most reported crimes.
But the NYPD is disputing the findings, saying
"Crime in city parks is less than one percent of all reported crime in New York City during that same period," said NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.
"City parks represent 14% of New York City land mass, which makes them one of the safest places in the city and the country.."
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Violent Crime In Parks Jump 23%: Violent Spaces. Violent crime in city parks has increased twenty-three per... https://t.co/dNrVQUYrsP— Geoffrey Croft (@NYCParkAdvocate) August 8, 2016