The Prospect Park facebook page is now mentioning it. A cop told my friend that they are leaving their lights flashing so that people who need them know where to find them. To me, it's probably helping to just push the crimes into more secluded spots or spots where the cars are not present.
Link to some vague info.
From the link:
If you’ve been in the Park recently, particularly in the evening, you may have noticed a more visible police presence. This is to help deter crime, particularly thefts of iPhones and similar devices which increased in 2012 (17 in 2012; up from 7 in 2011). You can read about it here and here. Unfortunately, thefts of electronic devices have been increasing city-wide.
Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri, the 78th Precinct’s commander, pledged back in November that “as a result of this recent spike, I am putting more of my officers in the park,” Ameri said. We are very appreciative of their efforts.
But NYPD needs your help. In June, NYPD’s website posted the following safety tips:
Are you careful with your mobile phone?
Electronic devices are attractive targets for thieves due to their high resale value. Electronics such as iPhones, iPods, Android devices and Mobile Phones as well as Nooks and Kindles are the most common types of stolen property in New York City – even more than currency! Mobile Phones alone account for 81% of all electronic device thefts.
So what can I do? Remain alert and aware of your surroundings when using your device, don’t leave your device unattended and always use the security features of your phone (pin lock, find my iPhone etc.)
For all park-related problems, questions or complaints, call 311, the City Information & Services Hotline.
For emergencies within the Park, call 911.