News 12 The Bronx tests security of BX city housing buildings after council report

(06/13/04) SOUNDVIEW - A recent City Council report claims many Bronx buildings are not secure. Some findings cited include broken locks and open doors in city housing buildings. On Sunday, News 12 The Bronx tested the council's findings.

Out of three doors checked at the James Monroe houses in Soundview: one door was unlocked, one door would not close, and only one of them locks. News 12 also found broken intercoms at the building.

Some residents at the city-run complex say they do not feel safe. Bronx residents say some non-residents can come into their complexes and vandalize the lobbies.

More than 400,000 residents live in city complexes. One hundred twelve buildings in the Bronx were checked as part of the City Council's study. There were more unlocked doors in Bronx complexes than in those throughout the rest of the city.

To fix the security issues, the council recommends getting more money from the federal government and installing more security cameras throughout city complexes. The council also recommends more police patrols in Bronx housing complexes.

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