Despite claims to the contrary by library officials, there has been a steady increase in the number of calls to the New Rochelle police department from the library over the past three years. Calls include reports of "serious incidents" such as burglary, larceny, assault, and one sex offense. Many of the calls are for "disruptive behavior" with many of the calls coming during after-school hours.
On January 24, 2010, the Journal News published an article by Ernie Garcia, New Rochelle, Yonkers libraries ramp up security. The article was based an investigation initiated by the newspaper after receiving complaints from workers in the Mount Vernon Public Library about violent incidents in November. The article, which we had praised at the time, makes the following points about the New Rochelle Public Library:
- Library officials have increased security in the past year to manage disruptive patrons and crime.