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Number of 'sex in park' tickets plummets in NYC

February 22, 2019 - 11:31 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Data from the NYPD appears to show New Yorkers are having less sex in public.

The NYPD gave out 432 tickets for “sex in park” violations in 2007. In 2018 that number had plummeted to six, according to the New York Times, which cited police data.

For example, Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan used to be a notorious hotspot for steamy encounters.

Police once issued about one summons a week for public sex at the park, but last year they didn’t hand out a single one there.

Fewer New Yorkers are also calling to lodge complaints about lewd acts in public, with 483 complaints in 2013 dropping to 283 in 2018.

According to the Times, over the past decade the most "sex in park" tickets were handed out in parts of Inwood and Washington Heights, followed by Central Park, Morningside Heights and Forest Park in Queens, respectively. An area near Kissena Park in Queens rounded out the top five areas. 

There’s speculation that with city parks more crowded than they used to be, people are scared away from sex in public.

Police officers are also increasingly looking to solve neighborhood problems without resorting to handcuffs or tickets.