Wooster Square residents on edge after muggings


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s one of New Haven’s most well-known neighborhoods, full of restaurants that double as tourist attractions. But some troubling signs are being posted around Wooster Square lately.

“This is a rash of violence, very concerning that it’s happening against women,” said Wooster Square Watch Captain Peter Webster.

The Wooster Square Neighborhood Watch is saying that three women were mugged, all within the last month.

“They happen between 10:30 and 11:30 at night,” Webster said. “Usually two men attacking a woman.”

Two of the attempted muggings happened at opposite ends of Wooster Square park. The most recent happened last Friday along Wooster Street, where a woman was reportedly attacked from behind while walking home from work. The thieves are said to have stolen a cell phone and cash.

“Definitely concerning,” said resident Lauren Bisio. “I’m a dog owner and walk through here multiple times of day and night.”

“The problem is that some were not reported to police, or (reported) much later,” Webster said. “We have efficient police force and they need info to act on.”

New Haven police just named a new district manager for Wooster Square to help oversee the area. Police now patrol in vehicles, on bike and walking to keep up a presence in the neighborhood. But personal vigilance is still needed since the woman were apparently targeted for being alone, and carrying a cell phone.

“Walk in pairs or groups or in the morning or afternoon,” suggested Tracey Glenn, who walks during the day to avoid danger.

“You have to not walk and talk or text on phone at night,” Webster said. “You have to use common sense. We have to be guardians of our own security.”

Good descriptions were not provided by any of the victims. The Watch suggests that if you are a victim of crime, to not resist and just provide whatever the robber asks. Also, try to pay attention to details like shoes and particular haircuts, since those are traits a thief can’t quickly change. And report any crime to police immediately.

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