The Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that its $210.5 million investment in anti-crime measures for the New York City Housing Authority was already paying off, with a significant drop in the number of reported crime incidents, reported the NY Observer.
The massive improvement package passed earlier this year funding for police training, extended hours at community centers, security cameras, lighting and other security upgrades.
A lot of the money was also spent on officer training in a new method of face-to-face interaction with NYCHA residents where officers began knocking on doors to investigate potential domestic violence incidents, visiting community centers and overall working to improve the often strained relationship between NYCHA residents and law enforcement.
Officials are claiming a 14.4 percent reduction in crime in public housing between July 1 and Sept. 14, which they attribute to the new anti-crime measures.
“That is a significant decrease, a significant step in the right direction,” said Carlos Gomez, Chief of Housing for the NYPD, noting that crime in housing projects rose 30 percent between 2009 and 2014. “Mayor de Blasio saw that and he wanted to stop it.”