Devoe Park gets new safety measures amid security concerns

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Local officials are pushing for new safety measures following security concerns at a park in University Heights.

In July, Devoe Park will have a lock on the gates to the entranceway, something nearby residents say hope will ward off danger.

Police records show a handful of robberies and assaults have happened in the park last year.

Residents say that just skims the surface. They say the park has become a site of constant noise and trash, especially at night. From partying to drug dealing, neighbors say the problems get worse during the summer.

City Councilman Fernando Cabrera says he has pushed Mayor Bill de Blasio for better park security. This resulted in new locked gates around the park, along with better lighting and security cameras.

Cabrera says he has also secured more police and park officials to keep watch.

News 12 has reached out to the Parks Department and is waiting for a response.

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