New York's Central Park has recently become very popular for bicycle riding -- providing as it does one of the few escapes from the city's noise and summer heat.
New York's Central Park has recently become very popular for bicycle riding -- providing as it does one of the few escapes from the city's noise and summer heat. Unfortunately, it has also become the popular haunt of robbers and muggers who assault the bicycle-riding relief-seekers. To combat this, New York police have been riding their bicycles in the Park in the hope of attracting would-be attackers before they assault members of the general public.
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SYNOPSIS: Central Park -- one of the few escapes New Yorkers have from the summer's heat and noise. It's known as a place where one can take buggy rides and where the city presents an impromptu theatre presentations for children. It's also a refuge for a quiet outdoor lunch and for lovers. Bicycle riding is also popular -- particularly on weekends when cars are banned.
But the park is also popular for bike staling and attacks on riders. So police from New York's Central Park precinct have taken to riding bikes to flush would-be attackers before they attack members of the public. Some police spoke -- although they didn't want to be seen.
The bike-riding patrolmen admit they can't catch every mugger in the park. But then, they say they's trying to produce fear in the minds of would-be attackers. The police hope that soon muggers will realise that out a gun instead of a wallet.