Bag checks, pat downs and interrogation can only mean one thing – you're at the airport, right?
Try a New York public swimming pool.
Security remained extremely tight Sunday afternoon at McCarren Park pool, after incidents of assaults and theft at the $50 million facility on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border.
On Monday, July 2nd, three people were arrested after they assaulted two police officers trying to enforce pool rules, according to The Huffington Post. The Friday prior to the incident, a lifeguard was attacked and almost died from the assault. Someone at the pool at the time tweeted that the lifeguard was jumped and pulled into the pool.
In the hours before last Monday’s assaults, four lockers at the pool were also broken into and a purse was reportedly stolen.
The Parks Department is now taking desperate measures to stem the crime wave.
Before people could enter the pool yesterday, security guards checked their bags thoroughly. If guests had bags with them, they were required to bring their own lock, or else they could not enter.
Inside, more than 50 uniformed NYPD officers, plus Parks Enforcement Patrol officers, stood watch.
Rashad Moore, a 44-year-old Brooklynite, said before he entered the pool a security guard asked if he had a gun and also checked to make sure his shorts had mesh inside, proving they were swim trunks.
“I’ve never had this much trouble getting into a pool anywhere else in the city or in New Jersey,” he told Metro. “The rules are a little excessive, which makes me feel like I’m at an airport.”
Many people told Metro that they felt safer, though, with the tight security.
“It makes me feel better that there’s more security," Will Crosby, a 25-year-old Brooklynite, said. “Whatever it takes to not have my stuff stolen or get beat up is necessary.”
The pool has reached its 1,500-person capacity every day since it opened.
Mishaps at McCarren
Friday, June 29th: The pool was forced to close after a lifeguard was reportedly pulled into the water by a swimmer.
Monday July 2nd: Four lockers are reportedly broken into, and a woman’s purse was also stolen that had $90 cash tucked inside.
Monday July 2nd: Hours after lockers were robbed, three guests were arrested after allegedly punching one police officer in the face and injuring another’s wrist when the cops tried to enforce the pool's rules against back flips.