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SafeWalks NYC, created to offer secure escorts to subway stations, expands to cowl all of Manhattan under 59th St.

UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) – A volunteer program launched in January to guide residents on their way to and from Brooklyn transit stops has now expanded to include all of Manhattan below 59th Street.

Organizers and volunteers from ‘SafeWalks NYC’ gathered in Union Square on Friday night to bond and celebrate their expansion.

The organization now consists of four teams – with a total of more than a hundred volunteers.

“When I saw the pictures of the attacked women, I was frankly angry,” said Peter Kerre, founder of SafeWalks NYC.

Activist Kerre was concerned about the alarming rise in crime and created an Instagram page called SafeWalks NYC.

“The goal is just presence,” said Kerre. “We are here, we can take you to the train station, to an area where you feel safe.”

You can sign up on your phone or volunteer by going to their Instagram page.

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