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Surge in pickpockets, snatches driving subway crime bounce: NYPD


An increase in theft drove an general increase in subway crime in May in comparison with April, in keeping with newly launched NYPD stats.

NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox mentioned a rise in ridership was placing purses, neck chains, telephones and different handheld gadgets at better threat of theft — significantly throughout the in a single day hours.

“We have seen will increase in hand snatches, primarily cellphones, but additionally some neck chains as properly, and will increase in doable pickpocket incidents,” Wilcox informed MTA board members throughout their Monday transit committee assembly.

May noticed 219 complete felonies underground — together with 108 grand larcenies, 55 felony assaults and 54 robberies, in keeping with NYPD figures. For comparability, in April NYPD reported 176 felonies, together with 49 assaults, 47 robberies and 77 grand larcenies.

Wilcox mentioned there was a “vital” enhance of 200% extra larceny incidents within the in a single day hours “through which riders go to sleep and get up with gadgets lacking.”

NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox mentioned a rise in ridership was placing purses, neck chains, telephones and different handheld gadgets at better threat of theft.
Peter Gerber
May saw 219 total felonies underground -- including 108 grand larcenies, 55 felony assaults and 54 robberies.

May noticed 219 complete felonies underground — together with 108 grand larcenies, 55 felony assaults and 54 robberies.
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Nighttime thefts account for 1 / 4 of complete grand larcenies, Wilcox mentioned.

“We are specializing in one of these crime. Our detectives are investigating these crimes,” Wilcox mentioned. “But we additionally ask riders to be extra vigilant on this space once they journey the trains late at evening.”

Subway crime rates have soared because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic — from 1.47 felonies per million riders in 2019 to 2.11 felonies per million riders in April 2022, in keeping with NYPD and MTA figures.

May noticed an general enhance in ridership, and the speed of crimes per million riders was once more round 2.1, in keeping with the brand new NYPD figures.

Transit officers introduced final week that they’d begun rolling out cameras on prepare vehicles, the place 53% of main crimes happen.

The preliminary rollout will embody 100 prepare vehicles, in keeping with officers. The in-train cameras function on a closed loop and permit NYPD to entry footage manually for as much as seven days, officers mentioned on Monday.

Additional reporting by M’Niyah Lynn

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