Subway crime has declined amid recent influx of cops, MTA chief says

Pushing back on reports of a crime spate on the rails, New York City’s top subway honcho said crime has declined and arrests have risen as more than a thousand additional cops were deployed to the system over the past month.

MTA chief executive officer Janno Lieber said Monday that although crime has risen 40% this year — roughly keeping pace with the rise in ridership — crime has been down over the past 28 days since officials ordered a New York City Police Department subway patrol blitz.

“In the month of November, this is important, we actually fell 13%,” Lieber said on Spectrum News NY1’s Inside City Hall.

“Since the governor and mayor took action in late October to increase the number of NYPD officers and MTAPD officers in the system, we’ve actually had a statistically significant reversal of this trend, so that’s good,” he continued.

Screenshot of MTA Chief Executive Officer Janno Lieber on NY1 Monday.
MTA Chief Executive Officer Janno Lieber appeared at NY1’s Inside City Hall on Monday to counter reports of rising crime in the subway system.
Spectrum News NY1

“Last week alone we were down 22% from 2021,” Lieber told moderator Errol Lewis.

Lieber said felony crime was also down 6% over the past week compared to the days before the 2019 pandemic.

“There is less crime in the subway system than before COVID,” he said.

“Now the number of riders has also gone down, so [it’s] way, way, way too early to announce the win but there is a positive trend and we will keep pushing.”

The “Cops, Cameras, Care” initiative, announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams two weeks before the Democrat from Albany was challenged by rising Republican law and order challenger Lee Zeldin, added 1,200 additional daily overtime hours for cops and Police officers also stepped up the installation of cameras in the MTA’s 6,500 subway cars.

NYPD officers from Transit Division 4 patrol the Broadway Lafayette subway station in Lower Manhattan.
About 1,200 additional officers have been deployed into the transit system every day for the past month as Gov. Kathy Hochul faced an uphill race against law and order challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin.
Stephen Yang

The Transit boss also touted a sharp rise in arrests and a drop in hate crimes on the subway.

Police arrested 47% more criminals this year compared to last year through October, and arrests for minor crimes were up 93%, Lieber said. Hate crimes against Asians have decreased by 41% and bias crimes against whites by 83% over that period, he told NY1.

Arrests in the system were down 18% from 2019, before the pandemic decimated ridership, according to NYPD statistics.

The police escort a man on a stretcher out of the subway
Lieber says crime has dropped in the past 28 days since officers ordered an NYPD subway patrol raid.
Paul Martinka

Lieber told local cable news agency the additional police officers and cameras helped combat crime of opportunity in the transit system while also helping to provide a sense of security.

“We want to make sure that order is restored to the system,” he said.

“No question during COVID, that goes for all of our public spaces in New York, a certain sense of clutter has crept in.

“And on the subway there’s little things like people smoking on trains, people, overt drug use, you know that’s alarming to people because they’re like, ‘What could this person do to me in a closed subway? train wagons?’” Subway crime has declined amid recent influx of cops, MTA chief says


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