在 Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, 曾经以其时尚的公寓和豪华餐厅而闻名, 吸毒者已经开始在街头公开使用注射器, 也充斥着暴力, 裸露, smoking and even sex dens, 狐狸 5 of New York reports.
“What’s worse is it’s not just at night — it’s during the day,” said Vivek Batra, a co-op owner in the neighborhood told Fox 5. “You can see people over here shooting up, 抽烟. I find pipes. I find needles in the street and kids are playing right here.”
A Fox 5 News crew also recorded a person injecting a syringe into their arm in a basement laundry room and another individual openly smoking what police said was probably meth.
These are not isolated incidents, residents told the station, as parents said the neighborhood is now an area “not safe for kids.”
“We have people going around the block for the past three years taking drugs, having sex in the basements, breaking in, different type of intrusions,” Chloe, a resident and mother, 告诉福克斯 5. “基本上, we feel like the area is not safe for our kids.”
As for the police, they can’t keep up with the rampant crime despite their best efforts, residents said.
“We’ve been using the 311 应用程式, 这很棒, we call the police — the police is very responsive. We had two break-ins, they were able to arrest the people within hours,” Chloe told Fox New York. “The issue that we’re seeing is that in a lot of cases, they’re not able to detain the person. So sometimes they’re not able to do the arrest that we need them to do.”