Subway crime is always going in the wrong direction, and it could get worse if the MTA and NYPD don’t enforce the official code of conduct.
As Monday’s Post reported, crimes in subways are up 40% this year through October compared to the same period last year. And no, it’s not just because the runners are coming back: Violent crime (including three murders) rose 45% last month compared to October 2019.
Yes, it’s great that Governor Kathy Hochul has the state funding NYPD overtime to put more cops on the transit system — but that’s a stopgap measure, because OT is inherently limited.
In addition, the crime wave in the subway is part of globally Skyrocketing urban crime, which NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell warned again on Monday, is being spurred by the state’s botched criminal justice reforms.
Then again, an earlier “reform” also plagues the metros: then-district attorney Cy Vance’s 2018 decision to stop prosecuting most senseless cases, a policy later adopted by other prosecutors. As we warned then and since, this has opened the door to much greater anarchy underground: once you’ve broken the rules to get into the system, you’re likely to break bigger rules. on the inside.
Fortunately, the MTA’s new code of conduct — fully endorsed by Mayor Eric Adams — includes standalone fines for kicking as well as lingering more than an hour at stations and other brand vagrancy behavior. New Yorkers need transit cops who enforce these rules relentlessly or the subways risk becoming even more dangerous.
New York Post