Data shows NYC subway riders are more likely to become delinquent than pre-COVID

Data shows that straphangers in the city are more likely to be victims of crime today than they were before the pandemic — yet the NYPD probe Monday insisted the media is responsible for “perceptions” of insecurity.

Last month there were 2.14 crimes per million drivers, which is dramatically higher than the pre-COVID rate of 1.5 crimes per million drivers in August 2019, the latest figures show, reflecting a general annual trend.

The surge is even grimmer when you consider there are far fewer straphangers now than pre-COVID, meaning more crimes are being committed against fewer drivers.

But speaking to board members, Kenneth Corey, head of the NYPD department, chose to focus on the average number of daily crimes in the system.

“In the month of August, we committed an average of 5.8 crimes per day…up from 6.7 in 2019,” Corey said. “All right, so there’s a lot less crime happening in transit than before the pandemic.

“We’re making measurable, sustainable progress,” he said. “And I think what’s lost here is that there’s an inaccurate narrative that affects people’s perceptions of how safe the subway really is.”

Subway riders in New York City are more likely to become criminals now than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new crime data.
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There were 2.14 crimes per million drivers in August compared to 1.5 crimes per million drivers in August 2019.
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Corey, the NYPD’s top uniformed officer, insisted that “the media” feeds public concerns about safe driving.

He pointed to increased train patrols and a spate of arrests and subpoenas as evidence that NYPD actions had resulted in safer subways.

Last month’s crime figures were down from where they started the year.

Transportation officials also on Monday touted their own studies showing that the number of homeless people at transportation hubs, including Penn Station, has fallen significantly this year.

NYPD Division Chief Kenneth Corey insisted the media is creating a false narrative about subway crime.
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The massive hub saw a 78 percent drop “in the number of homeless people on its commuter rail, subway and railroad assets,” said Patrick Warren, MTA’s chief safety officer.

“Personal safety concerns” remain at the forefront of concerns for Long Island Railroad commuters using the station, officials said.

The MTA’s most recent customer survey of LIRR drivers found high rates of dissatisfaction with “homeless at destination,” “fickle people at destination,” and “personal safety at destination,” they said. Data shows NYC subway riders are more likely to become delinquent than pre-COVID


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