By Maria Rocha-Buschel
StuyTown Property Services will be offering self-defense courses to residents in the wake of the sexual assault in Stuyvesant Town early last Sunday morning, and the management has installed new lighting along the 14th Street corridor. General Manager Rick Hayduk made the announcements in an emailed newsletter to residents on Thursday night.
In addition to new lighting, Hayduk noted that perimeter lighting, particular along Avenue C, as well as interior lighting, is currently being reviewed. SPS will also be working with security consultants to identify areas where new and additional equipment should be placed, including improvements to the configuration of the surveillance system, since the assault on Sunday was not fully visible to the property’s security cameras.
The newsletter also alerted residents to the resources available on how to stay safe at night, including the emergency phone and video stations, which are illuminated with blue lights and are connected to Public Safety, the “Security” buttons on building intercoms inside the vestibules and on the exterior walls of the Terrace in Stuy Town and Lower Level Peter Cooper Village entrances, and officers wearing fluorescent vests patrol the property 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Officers are also available to escort residents to their buildings late at night, the email said. Residents can have cab drivers drop them off at the security booth at First Avenue and East 22nd Street for Peter Cooper Village residents and the Command Center at 2 Stuyvesant Oval for Stuy Town residents and officer escorts are available 24 hours a day.
Information about the self-defense classes, including details on the location, class size and how to sign up, will be available next week.