By Della Hasselle
CENTRAL PARK — Crime has risen more in Central Park than in any other section of New York over the past year, according to NYPD statistics released this week.
The Manhattan park has seen a more than 41 percent increase in crime from 2009 to 2010, as of the week ending July 25.
There have been two rapes, 16 robberies and 32 incidents of grand larceny so far this year. That compares to zero rapes, 13 robberies and 22 incidents of grand larceny that occurred up to this point in 2009.
"Central Park, historically, is very low, and any increase produces higher percentages than a place with more crime," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the New York Post.
In general, however, crime has decreased significantly over the past 17 years. There have been 77 percent fewer felonies in Central Park than in 1993, according to the statistics.
Also, arrests have increased by 3.8 percent from 2009 to 2010.