Central Park crimes: NYPD boosts patrols amid rash of robberies, seeks public’s vigilance

NYPD chiefs talk in Central Park about crime increase
NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey speaks about a crime increase in Central Park during a press conference on April 30, 2024.
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The NYPD is boosting its police presence in Central Park following an uptick in crime at the famous Manhattan park, including a jump in the number of robberies and grand larcenies, department brass announced Tuesday.

The decision comes as law enforcement aims to reinforce safety and security within one of the city’s most frequented locales.

During a press conference on April 30, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey and NYPD executives highlighted the rise in crime within the park.

“In 2024, there have been 18 reported robberies in Central Park compared to just four during the same period last year,” Chief Maddrey stated. Maddrey also noted that during the first four months of this year there were 12 grand larcenies in the park, compared to eight during the same period last year. 

Maddrey’s announcement underscored the department’s commitment to public safety.

“This is one of the most iconic locations in the city,” Maddrey said, “and with that, we have an obligation to make sure the community knows what’s going on.”

The NYPD says it plans to deploy additional resources, including increased foot patrols and mobile perimeter checks, to enhance surveillance and response capabilities within the park. This strategic deployment aims to deter criminal activities and provide a safer environment for the public.

“We do what we do best when we see increases in crime: We deploy more resources and work with the community,” Maddrey noted. 

Further details provided during the conference included the recent arrest of an individual, Kevin Taylor, for a sexually motivated robbery in the area.

Police have also identified three additional suspects related to similar incidents.

As the NYPD intensifies its efforts, the department urges residents and visitors to Central Park to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities.