Brooklyn Borough Calls for Increased Security for Holiday Shoppers

Brooklyn Borough Calls for Increased Security for Holiday Shoppers

Brooklyn is looking for more security following violent incidents in shopping centers.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is asking for increased security a busy shopping centers to help protect shoppers following several violent incidents around the borough.

Just last week an incident had shoppers fleeing from stores. In a busy Target, a standoff between rival robbery crews, including a person wielding a machete as well as a person with a gun, led to a deadly shooting. Police say the persons of interest are known criminals. 

Innocent shoppers and workers were forced to flee the gang violence and now Adams is urging the city to devote more NYPD resources to Downtown Brooklyn ahead of the holiday shopping season.

"One should not enter the Target store and be the target of a crime," Adams said in a press conference last week. "We are calling on the police department to give the captain of this precinct the amount of manpower he needs during the holiday season to insure a level of safety."

Lately, the area has seen an increase in crime. The number of people shot in the neighborhood has spiked nearly 60 percent. Robberies are slightly up as well, according to police officials. 

About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.

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