Trevor Schakohl on November 28, 2022
NEW YORK – According to preliminary statistics, major felony crimes have increased more significantly than ridership on the New York City subway system through October 2022.
Preliminary police statistics indicate that major felonies committed within the subway system increased by approximately 40.2% between January and October 2022 as compared to the same period in 2021. According to the MTA’s October 2022 Financial and Ridership Reports, ridership on subways, buses and alternative modes of transportation increased by approximately 30.5%.
Murders, rapes, robberies, felony assaults and grand larcenies all increased in the subway system during that period, while burglaries continued at the same rate.
“The NYPD is now putting more officers on subway cars and on platforms, and so far this month it has resulted in a drop in crime,” MTA spokesperson Aaron Donovan told the New York Post.
Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan Oct. 22 to establish 1,200 new overtime police shifts daily for subway stations and trains and work toward growing New York State Office of Mental Health training for New York City first responders. They also announced a new task force to focus on public transit crime.
“Since the announcement by the Mayor and Police Commissioner on January 6th through November 6th, there have been over 430,000 Citywide trains runs and inspections by Transit officers and over 850,000 Citywide Subway station inspections by Transit and Patrol Officers,” the NYPD told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The added numbers of station inspections and train runs create an omnipresence that riders, at all hours, can see and feel as they make their way to school, work, or home.”
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