Murder of young mom puts spotlight on safety measures

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Adams Houses residents, NYCHA, seek right ingredients to stop violence

After a young mother of three was killed on June 11 while shielding her children from stray gunfire in a John Adams Houses playground, residents of the public housing complex are once again asking what it will take to help them feel safer.

Barely six months ago, NYCHA’s chair and CEO Shola Olatoye held a press conference in front of their complex to announce new technology-based safety measures at Adams. Housing officials hosted a walkthrough for residents and press to show off closed circuit TV cameras that had been installed in corridors and elevators, and a bank of monitors with a feed to PSA 7, the area’s housing police headquarters on Melrose Avenue.

In an email to The Express, a NYCHA spokesperson said that 95 cameras have been installed inside and outside the complex’s seven buildings since the January rollout, in locations determined as the result of consultations with residents…”

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