Murder in the Subway

The Story

A gang fight turned into a cold-blooded murder on the Number 7 train last weekend, police say. Whether caused by the lack of enforcement of fare evasion or a general inattention to quality-of-life violations, conditions on the subway have been deteriorating, and riding the trains is becoming increasingly unpleasant or dangerous for New Yorkers. The city must get this situation under control.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Crime: At the end of 2018, categories of crime that showed declines above ground were on the rise in the transit system—indicating that criminals feel more comfortable there. Read more.

  2. Crazy: Letting homeless and mentally ill people camp out on the subways fosters a sense of disorder and lawlessness. Read more.

  3. Guns: Strict enforcement of fare-evasion laws keeps guns off platforms, trains, and streets. Read more.

“The management of public spaces to reduce disorderly behavior also lessens daily opportunities for crime.”

George Kelling, Manhattan Institute senior fellow, and William Bratton, former NYPD Commissioner (City Journal, 2015 Winter Issue)

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