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Rye Town Park May Get Increased Security

Rye Town Park is adding more lighting, and may add security cameras, following a mugging in early August.
Rye Town Park is adding more lighting, and may add security cameras, following a mugging in early August. Photo Credit: File

RYE, N.Y. -- Rye Town officials may consider adding cameras to Rye Town Park in an effort to increase security following an August mugging.

In the early morning of Aug. 8, two Rye residents reported being robbed at knife point by three individuals around 12:30 a.m. The robbers took the victims' cell phones and wallets, but nobody was injured, according to police reports.

On Aug. 21, Kerlin Chavarria-Sanchez, 18, Gabriel Anchez-Sanchez, 20, and Alvaro Perez-Ajpop, 20, all of Port Chester, were charged in the robbery, according to police reports. The three were taken into custody by Port Chester police after being pulled over in a car for not wearing a seat belt, police said. One of them had a cell phone belonging to one of the victims of the robbery, and were positively identified by one of the victims, police said. All three were charged with first-degree armed robbery, a felony.

Security cameras will be an item on the budget next year for the Rye Town Park Commission to consider. Cameras were added to Crawford Park earlier this year at a cost of $13,000, according to Rye Town Secretary Bishop Nowotnik. The cameras were installed in high-traffic areas such as the picnic pavilion, the ball fields and the children's playground.

"I can actually access it on my cell phone any time I wish, so we do have a visual on the park," Nowotnik said. "It has helped us. We've had graffiti incidents, and we think it's a great deterrent quite frankly because the cameras are very clearly evident."

Similar cameras at Rye Town Park would cost around $21,000, according to Rye Town Park Director Fred Gioffre, a cost that will likely be considered during the next budget cycle. In the meantime, other work has been done to increase security.

"We've cut back some of the branches on the trees that block the visuals from the park to the lifeguard stands, and we're going to place a light on the lifeguard stand that will enlighten that whole area," Gioffre said. "We've never had that before, that was a first. If there's any other problems we're going to be on top of it."

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