Metropolis straphangers usually tend to be victims of crime now than earlier than the pandemic, based on 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 increased than the pre-COVID August 2019 price 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 in opposition to a smaller variety of riders.
However chatting with board members Monday, NYPD Chief of Division Kenneth Corey selected to give attention to the typical variety of day by day crimes within the system.
“Within the month of August, we averaged 5.8 crimes a day … vs. 6.7 in 2019,’’ Corey stated. “Alright, so loads much less crime occurring in transit than was occurring pre-pandemic.
“We’re making measurable, sustained progress,’’ he stated. “And I believe 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 prime uniformed official, insisted that “the media” is driving public considerations about security whereas driving.
He pointed to elevated practice 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 12 months.
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 12 months.
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 stated.
“Private security considerations” stay on the prime of considerations for Lengthy Island Railroad commuters who use the station, officers stated.
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 stated.