There’s a new app designed to help Queens parents keep their children safe from potential criminals at public parks.
Assemblyman Ron Kim has announced “ParentPatrol,” an app that enables parents and caretakers to report inappropriate or illegal behavior at children’s playgrounds and parks throughout New York City directly to the proper authorities.
The free app was created in response to reports released by NYC Park Advocates earlier this year that sourced crime data from the NYPD. The report showed major crime in parks this year had increased 23 percent over the prior year — even as the overall crime rate in the city had decreased. Additionally, Bowne Playground in Flushing — an area Kim represents — was the site of two different pedophile attacks over the course of one week in July.
The app also informs users of safety rules and regulations in place at certain New York City parks, including designated children-only playgrounds, which prohibit adults from entering unless they are accompanying a child under 12 years old, and areas exclusive to senior citizens 65 or older.
ParentPatrol differs from NYC 311 in that it engages all community stakeholders — including elected officials and community advocates — and reports the issue directly to them.
“ParentPatrol was created to help parents and caretakers maximize the well-being of children in New York City’s parks and playgrounds and ensure that these places remain safe, family-friendly environments,” Kim said. “The health and safety of our children should be our utmost priority, and ParentPatrol is a tool that will help advance this worthy goal.”