The number of murders, rapes, robberies and assaults rose 23% in the nine months through March, compared with the same period the year before, according to a report released Monday by a park watchdog group.
The analysis comes about a week after jogger Karina Vetrano, 30 years old, was found dead in a marsh in Spring Creek park in Howard Beach, Queens. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled, authorities said.
“More than a person a day is the victim of a violent crime in a city park,” said Geoffrey Croft, founder of NYC Park Advocates, which conducted the analysis using data provided by the New York Police Department. “It’s a bad omen. It shows a lack of priority in dealing with this.””