New York City’s subways used to be a byword for danger and a symbol of the city’s anarchic bad old days. New York’s renaissance depended crucially on making the subways safe and clean. In recent years, though, the trains have become more dangerous and disorderly. Mayor de Blasio must get a handle on crime underground before the subways become no-go zones once again.
The Facts You Need to Know
Crime: Serious subway crime was significantly higher in the first quarter of 2019 than in the same period of 2018. Read more.
Fare: Subway- and bus-fare evasion continues to rise. Read more.
Beat: Cracking down on fare-beating routinely results in the seizure of illegal weapons and the arrest of wanted criminals. Read more.
“The point is to try to enforce the law. The object here is… to get people to comply. It’s not like when you go to a museum and there’s a suggested donation.”
Your help is needed to identify those responsible for the heinous attack of a young person aboard @MTA subway car @NYPDTransit. If you ANY information at all about this vicious attack, please contact @NYPDTips 800-577-TIPS (8477) all calls are anonymous #YourCityYourCall pic.twitter.com/OgprIWwCDc— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) May 21, 2019
The Past is Present
“Completing the mayor’s legendarily successful war on crime means tackling guns, school crime, and a flare-up of subway robberies. Here’s how to do it.”
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