3 thoughts on “Police: ‘Vast Majority’ of Incidents at New Canaan Parks Occur at Waveny

  1. William, I don’t think acreage is likely a major factor. Another approach would be to normalize the numbers to account for number of visitors — number of incidents per year divided by number of visitors during that year.

  2. FWIW some quick research, see below, shows Parks that are near highway exits have higher incidence of crime. (notable exceptions of murder rape).

    One recommendation that I don’t see articulated above is removing informal parking on Lapham Road near the trails/Merritt bridge. By moving the larger rocks closer to the road/ticketing this would force park users through the monitored entrances.

    NC Crime rate is extremely low but these actions (Entrance Cameras/LPRs, lights, & security phones) should act as deterrents.

    “Highway Robbery: Testing the Impact of Interstate Highways on Robbery” James McCutcheon, 2015. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07418825.2015.1102953?cookieSet=1
    “Transient Crowding and Crime: The More ‘Strangers’ in an Area, the More Crime except for Murder, Assault and Rape”
    Stephen Jarrell and Roy M. Howsen

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