BY LUIS GRONDA
Many areas in and surrounding Forest Park will now be watched by security cameras, something residents have called for in recent years.
Police cameras will now be placed around the park, serving as a potential crime deterrent, according to Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), who funded the cameras, in part.
Seven locations will get the cameras, including Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street, near the Glendale entrance to Forest Park, the Forest Park Bandshell and Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard.
Several assaults occurred at the park last year, including one in August, where a woman was tasered and raped while jogging.
Miller said it will help the local police catch criminals because their actions would be caught on camera, like a car break-in for example.
“The cameras can get a clear picture of the perpetrator and anything that’s going on in the area,” he said.
Miller and State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D- Howard Beach) allocated $250,000 for the cameras last year.
The Assemblyman said it has to be approved by the Ways and Means Committee of the State Assembly and the New York State Dormitory Authority before the cameras can be placed at those locations.
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