You’re safer than you have ever been from being robbed according to official figures, but on a transit system that has never been so crowded during rush hours the opportunity for crime has definitely increased. And in response the NYPD is fighting back.
There has been a rise in slashings since last year and no one seems clear why it’s happening but there are now more transit police patrolling the subway system to try and stop it, see the video.
Certain types of behavior invite crime, such as sleeping while travelling because then the sleeper is a sitting duck. But sleeping during your commute is a time honored NYC tradition and it’s likely no one is going to stop doing it anytime soon.
The opportunity for one type of subway crime has shot right up. A super crowded subway car is sexual pervert’s paradise and crimes of groping, rubbing and innapropriate display of body parts has increased.
In response the NYPD is putting a squad of undercover female NYPD officers onto trains during rush hours to keep an eagle eye out for inappropriate behaviour. Lets hope they catch lots of the scumbags.