Concerns about crime grow in Co-op City

(08/12/03) CO-OP CITY - As residents of Co-op City try to cope with parking garages closing in their community, new concerns about crime and vandalism are growing.

Now that Co-op City has closed its parking garages, residents have been forced to find parking alternatives. Some residents are leaving their cars on the streets while others are using make-shift parking lots set up in vacant areas surrounding Co-op City.

Residents say parking on the streets is dangerous and thieves are wasting no time. They are not only fearful for their property, but also for their own safety.

But Riverbay, the company that manages Co-op City, says residents should feel safe. The company says there will be an increase in police and security officers, especially in areas that were normally not used for parking.

Residents say while the situation is not that bad right now, they feel once the summer is over and people are not out on the streets as much, the potential for danger will be much greater.

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