Mayor launches new effort to reduce crime in housing projects in BX and city

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a new plan to reduce crime in housing projects throughout the Bronx and city.

The mayor's new initiative is called 'Operation Safe Housing' and is aimed at putting law enforcement resources where they are needed most. The focus of the new plan will be to rid the housing projects of drugs, guns and sex crimes.

Under the plan, drug dealers arrested once for dealing on the property of a housing project will be evicted and banned from all public housing grounds. For sex offenders who are registered in public housing, officers will be knocking on their doors from time to time to make sure they are really living where they are registered. And finally, parole officers will be closely monitoring recently released inmates.

Some residents think the plan is a great idea because they worry about their kids being gunned down.

The mayor knows that the new initiative will not put an end to crime but he hopes that once one arrest is made it will send a message to others.

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