Crime on the New York subway is up 40% this year, new statistics show

Crimes — including murder, rape and robbery — are up 40% in the subway system so far this year compared to 2021, according to newly released NYPD statistics.

At least 1,917 crimes were reported from January to October — up from 1,367 in the same period last year, figures prepared for Tuesday’s MTA board meetings showed.

There were 210 total felonies in the last month alone, up from 198 in September, the NYPD said.

The October tally included three murders, two burglaries, 51 robberies, 46 felonies and 108 grand larceny – all increases from this month in 2021, according to police.

The year-to-date increase in crime easily exceeded the 38 percent increase in ridership over the same period as straphangers returned to the system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police officers at the Roosevelt Ave train station.  in Queens
As of Oct. 31, the system had recorded eight homicides so far this year, the NYPD said.
Wayne Carrington
Police at the scene of a crime on an outdoor subway train platform
Riders are more likely to become victims of a subway crime today than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Christopher Sadowski

According to The Post, in the past two and a half years, people have been more likely to have been victims of crime, as was the case in the city, compared to before the pandemic.

Homicides in the subway system since 2020 have also risen to their highest annual levels in 25 years as the city grapples with a general spike in indiscriminate violence, NYPD statistics show.

According to the newly released data, the system had recorded nine homicides so far this year through Oct. 31, compared to six during that period last year.

Police station parked in front of the West 72nd St subway station
MTA leaders have pushed for more cops on the subways in recent years.
Christopher Sadowski

The transit violence that has prompted officials to deploy more underground police officers, with the state footing the bill for overtime.

But notable and heinous crimes continued, including back-to-back stabbings last Tuesday night that left three people injured, including a Good Samaritan.

The knife-wielding thug behind the second incident is said to have shouted anti-Muslim insults in the course of the attack, police said.

Straphanger have also had several encounters with death this November. In an incident on Saturday, a 38-year-old woman was pushed onto the Brooklyn train tracks only to be rescued by another subway rider.

    New York City Police and Fire Department officers at the scene above a subway station
The year was marked by high-profile crimes, including a mass shooting on 36th Street in Brooklyn that left 10 people injured.

Asked for comment, an MTA spokesman said an influx of police officers announced last month by Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams has resulted in less crime.

“The NYPD is now deploying more officers in subway cars and on train platforms, and so far this month this has led to a decrease in crime,” spokesman Aaron Donovan said.

Drivers and transit workers speaking to The Post on Sunday were divided on whether the recent influx of cops had had an impact.

“They just wait until the police aren’t there,” said 25-year-old grocer Lee Rivera.

But an MTA station employee who works at a Manhattan subway station said the extra police officers are helping to keep problems at bay.

“More police, more attention,” the clerk said. “When winter comes, more homeless people come. Thank goodness so far so good. The police are here, that’s good.” Crime on the New York subway is up 40% this year, new statistics show


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