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After decades, Guardian Angels resume Central Park rounds

After decades, Guardian Angels resume Central Park rounds

The squad in stop-sign-red jackets and berets strode through Central Park, on guard for signs of crime. It was a familiar sight a generation ago, when New York was plagued by lawlessness that police have worked for years to dispel. Yet Guardian Angels volunteers made a pointed return this month to Central Park for the first time in over two decades, citing a 26 percent rise in crime there so far this year. "We realize things are much better than they were" in the crime peak of the 1980s and early '90s, founder Curtis Sliwa says, but "we want it to stay that way." City officials stress that crime is down citywide, and the park is far safer than it once was....

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