Police officers worry New York crime rates could increase in the aftermath of Sandy due to power outage. Street patrols were boosted and banks of light were brought by police to make sure city streets remain safe at night, the Associated Press reports.
Neighborhoods with high crime rates pose problems for the New York Police Department now that the city was submerged in darkness by hurricane Sandy. Authorities fear people who managed to escape the wrath of the “Frankenstorm” could become victims of crime. Special measures were adopted to increase street lights and keep neighborhoods safe.
The art galleries in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood had to hire private security in order to make sure their works remain safe. Superintendents working in residential buildings became guards for an evening because they were afraid the darkness could attract burglars. The stores and banks that suffered damages during the super storm were stoically guarded by hundreds of police officers.
Shaken residents were somewhat relieved to see that authorities take a genuine interest in offering them protection. 12-year-old Oleg Kharitmov told reporters at the Associated Press that he was very worried when he first saw the damages left behind by hurricane Sandy, but the arrival of police officers has given him lots of comfort. “I’m pretty happy that the cops are here,” he added.
Precautions were absolutely necessary given that the city of New York had to go through a second powerless night. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was just as worried as the rest of the residents, especially since he was notified by officials that the power will not be back until the weekend.
The news panicked everyone, especially since hundreds of people living in New York City rely on electricity to travel and carry out their daily tasks. While some bus service resumed their activity and some bridges were reopened, the prospects don’t look so good for the subway. The underground railroad suffered the worst damages in its 108-year history and officials were unable to estimate when the subway would run again.