The NYPD is responding to a spate of recent car break-ins on and around Riverside Drive by setting up light towers in areas where darkness and tree cover have made it easier to target vehicles.
In the past 28 days, 17 cars have been broken into on Riverside Drive above 86th street, according to Capt. Marlon Larin, commanding officer of the 24th precinct. Police set up a sting operation on two nights and caught six people, he added. To deter more thieves, the NYPD is setting up light towers to illuminate areas that might appeal to criminals.
The towers will be on 92nd and 98th and Riverside Drive. Fourteen break-ins have also occurred on Central Park West in the past 28 days.
“Anywhere there is foliage and not much light are the places these people prefer,” Larin said. “We’ve got portable light towers to illuminate the areas that are most vulnerable.”
Photo near 92nd and Riverside by AfordNYC.