By ROBERT CASTER, CBS NEWSHOUSE NEW YORK ReporterNew York City is hoping to turn a blind eye to the destruction of their own neighborhoods by opening up its windows.
In a rare move, the city is offering to turn the doors of its parks and other public spaces into hands-free window display areas, allowing people to keep their valuables on their windows.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the initiative during a press conference on Thursday at City Hall, where he announced that the city would offer $1.5 million to help families of people killed or seriously injured in New York City in recent years.
It is an important gesture, de Blasio said, “to be able to make this donation to help protect and provide hope for families of the victims of crime.”
A total of 4,800 people have died in New Jersey in the past four years, according to data from the city.
A similar number of people have been killed or injured in the United States in the same period.
“We know that there are communities in New Yorkers’ communities that are not well served by a lack of safe, secure and functioning public spaces, and that needs to change,” de Blasio added.
In its report on the issue, the National Crime Victimization Survey found that 57 percent of New York residents had experienced a crime and that 57,000 people were victims of violent crime in the previous year.
That is nearly double the national average.
In recent years, the number of incidents reported in the city has increased dramatically, according a survey by the New York Times.
The newspaper found that the number rose by over 300 percent between 2006 and 2015.
The Times also found that in 2014, the rate of violent crimes in the City of New Yorkers hit an all-time high.
The number of victims has dropped dramatically in recent months, and there have been fewer murders than there were just a few years ago.
Last month, there were no more than 4 homicides per day in New york.
The City is also working to make its parks safer, and it plans to offer free windows for children ages 12 and younger, the Times reported.
De Blasio said that the program would also allow people to use their cellphones and tablets, and to leave messages on their door.
He said the program will be a pilot project, and the city will determine if the idea can be replicated elsewhere.