Metropolis straphangers usually tend to be victims of crime now than earlier than the pandemic, in line with knowledge — but NYPD brass insisted Monday that the media is accountable for “perceptions” of unsafety.
Final month, there have been 2.14 crimes per million riders, dramatically larger than the pre-COVID August 2019 charge of 1.5 crimes per million riders, the newest figures present, reflecting an total annual development.
The rise is much more dismal contemplating there are considerably fewer straphangers now than earlier than COVID, that means extra crimes are occurring towards a smaller variety of riders.
However talking to board members Monday, NYPD Chief of Division Kenneth Corey selected to concentrate on the typical variety of every day crimes within the system.
“Within the month of August, we averaged 5.8 crimes a day … vs. 6.7 in 2019,’’ Corey mentioned. “Alright, so quite a bit much less crime taking place in transit than was taking place pre-pandemic.
“We’re making measurable, sustained progress,’’ he mentioned. “And I feel that what’s getting misplaced right here is that there’s a narrative that’s inaccurate that’s driving individuals’s perceptions of how secure the subway actually is.”
Corey, the NYPD’s high uniformed official, insisted that “the media” is driving public considerations about security whereas driving.
He pointed to elevated prepare patrols and a surge in arrests and summonses as proof that NYPD motion had resulted in safer subways.
Final month’s crime determine was down in comparison with the start of the yr.
Transit officers on Monday additionally touted their very own research displaying the variety of homeless at transit hubs together with Penn Station has dropped considerably this yr.
The huge hub noticed a 78% drop “within the variety of homeless sheltered” in its commuter rail, subway and railroad amenities, MTA Chief Security Officer Patrick Warren mentioned.
“Private security considerations” stay on the high of considerations for Lengthy Island Railroad commuters who use the station, officers mentioned.
The MTA’s newest buyer survey of LIRR riders discovered excessive charges of dissatisfaction with “homeless at vacation spot,” “erratic individuals at vacation spot” and “private safety at vacation spot,” they mentioned.