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De Blasio dismisses recent surge in NYC subway thefts

Mayor Bill de Blasio dismissed a recent surge in subway thefts, insisting Monday an “overall reality” indicated NYPD presence on trains and in stations has proved efficient at deterring crime.

In September, a 50 % improve in thefts concentrating on straphangers spurred an total improve in felony subway crime, The Post reported Sunday.

But throughout his day by day press briefing, de Blasio sought to color a rosy image of security in the general public transit system whereas not providing new options to recent developments underground — or acknowledging the troubling development his police division’s statistics depicts. 

“The overall reality of the subways I think speaks volumes. We surged NYPD officers into the subways over the last year, highest levels we had seen in decades, had a huge impact,” he stated in response to a query from The Post.

“We’ll keep doing that whenever we need to and wherever we need to. If there is a particular pattern of a particular type of crime, that is handled in a pinpoint fashion. That’s precision policing. We’ll make the deployments as needed to address any trend.”

In September, a 50 percent increase in thefts targeting straphangers spurred an overall increase in felony subway crime
In September, a 50 % improve in thefts concentrating on straphangers spurred an total improve in felony subway crime
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He added, “Overall, we’ve seen a lot of success with the NYPD presence in the subways, but we’ll keep refining it.”

De Blasio’s feedback come after final month there have been 96 grand larcenies in the subway system, in comparison with 64 in August and 55 in July, in accordance with the NYPD’s figures. Subway robberies additionally jumped in September by 18 %, to 52 robberies from 44 in August, the information reveals.

The crimes helped drive an total 25 % uptick in felonies dedicated in the system from August to final month, in accordance with the NYPD.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted that NYPD presence in the New York subways has been effective despite the rise in crime.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted that NYPD presence in the New York subways has been efficient regardless of the rise in crime.
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Asked Monday about what might clarify the subway theft surge, the mayor speculated that “a small number” of thieves had been performing in “a coordinated fashion.”

“I think with certain crimes you see criminals in a coordinated fashion going at a certain type of crime. That’s exactly what precision policing attacks, that’s exactly what the NYPD has had extraordinary success in identifying and then stopping,” he stated. “Sometimes, it is a very small number of people who do crimes like that and the NYPD has more and more each year found them, arrested them, and ensured that they are prosecuted.”

Meanwhile, throughout an MTA board assembly Monday, a police official famous that crime in the subway is decrease this 12 months than in 2020, whereas acknowledging the regarding September stats.

MTA police have that there has been lower rates of crime this year than in 2020 on subway platforms.
MTA police have stated there have been decrease charges of crime this 12 months than in 2020 on subway platforms.
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“The year-to-date crime rate is down in the subway system, though we took an uptick in overall crime for September,” NYPD Inspector Raymond Porteus informed board members Monday. “A number of these recent crimes resulted in an arrest at or near the scene.”

Overall, felony crime is down 13.8 % in 2021 in comparison with 2020, in accordance with NYPD knowledge.

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