We’re sure this will go over well with his fellow liberals.
In a bid to boost security at public housing complexes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning suggested fingerprinting residents so they can access their homes.
“What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in. And of course there’s an allegation that some of these apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease,” said Mr. Bloomberg during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling.
The mayor noted that, while New York City Housing Authority building house about five percent of the city’s population, they account for about 20 percent of city crime.
“We’ve just gotta find some ways to keep bringing crime down there,” he said, arguing that most people who live in the buildings want more police protection.
“If you have a stranger walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why’re you here?’ Because the locks on these doors, with so many people coming and going, you really can’t,” he said.
Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal came as he was responding to a federal judge reportedly preparing to try a case brought by NYCHA residents against so-called “vertical patrols” by police in the buildings.
“If you live in NYCHA housing, you should be really worried about this judge because if we stop these vertical patrols, crime can just get totally out-of-hand,” he said.
It’s been out of hand for decades.