November noticed an enormous leap in subway robberies and total felonies underground, in accordance with newly launched statistics.
The figures included within the public supplies for Monday’s MTA transit committee assembly present felony robberies greater than doubled from October to November, from 40 to 88. General felonies — together with grand larceny and assault — jumped 45 % month-over-month, the paperwork mentioned.
On the similar time, the NYPD has recorded a 42 % improve in hate crimes, pushed by a 240 % spike in assaults primarily based on sexual orientation and a 257 % spike in anti-Asian assaults, in accordance with the board supplies.
The 235 so-called “main felonies” in November fell just below the 244 felonies reported by NYPD in November 2019, in accordance with MTA data — pre-pandemic, when over two million extra folks have been driving the subways every day.
But whereas grand larcenies accounted for almost all of crimes recorded by cops two Novembers in the past, final month’s data confirmed a 51 % spike in robberies in comparison with 2019.
Information of November’s troubling developments come after MTA Chairman Janno Lieber advised The Publish in a number of interviews final week that he remained targeted on rider security regardless of transit crime charges trending down over the summer time and fall.
General main felonies are down 3.6 % this yr in comparison with 2020, in accordance with NYPD stats. Felony assault surged within the spring, however has since dipped about 40 %.
“Main crimes broadly talking are down, however if you happen to’re any person coming again to work – or not – and also you’re having interactions with individuals who make you uneasy, that’s an issue,” Lieber mentioned Friday.
Lieber has pushed NYPD to extend its visibility within the transit system, after Mayor Invoice de Blasio surged rush hour patrols at the start of the summer time on the MTA’s behest. Lieber mentioned final week he believes Mayor-elect Eric Adams will heed his recommendation to make the elevated manpower noticeable to on a regular basis riders.
“The mayor-elect has mentioned many times that we have to get extra transit cops off desks and into the subway system, higher dispersed to cowl extra space,” Adams’ spokesman Evan Thies mentioned in a press release to The Publish.
The speed of subway crimes soared amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 in comparison with 2019, when NYPD recorded a relatively scant 1.47 felonies per million riders. That mentioned, subway crime totals in 2021 are the bottom in 25 years, the MTA mentioned.
“We’ve mentioned repeatedly we wish the NYPD to place extra officers in seen areas like subway platforms and on trains the place riders really feel weak,” MTA rep Aaron Donovan mentioned in a press release. “That allows sooner response to emergencies after they happen and permits officers to rapidly see and deal with folks displaying psychological well being issues who might be a hazard to themselves and others — with the power to intervene earlier than against the law occurs.”