SafeWalks NYC Instagram web page created to supply protected escorts to subway stations amid crime spike
BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (WABC) – A series of subway crimes in New York City has sparked a new breed of guardian angel movement in Brooklyn.
The Morgan Avenue underground station in Bushwick is surrounded by buildings and dimly lit streets.
It’s the perfect place for an ambush.
In fact, almost 10 women were attacked here recently.
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“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 set up an Instagram page called SafeWalks NYC.
The aim is to provide escorts to and from the train station. The passenger just has to ask.
Kerre launched the volunteer site on January 3rd.
“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.”
SafeWalks NYC has grown so much that they say they now have enough volunteers to cover every Bushwick subway station and bus stop – whatever the traveler needs.
Almost 200 volunteers have volunteered. Interestingly, most of them are women. Sisters help sisters like 32-year-old Jen Goma.
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“I am both. I am the person who can protect someone and who needs it,” said Goma.
“It’s a good neighborly thing to make sure your neighbors feel safe,” said volunteer Kevin Estevez.
“It’s inspiring to see how many people show up and want to be there for other community members, very inspiring,” said Kerre.
Kerre hopes to offer self-defense courses for the volunteers, and he hopes this model will be copied in other parts of the city.
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