NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you’re under the impression subway crime is on the rise, you’re right — and the numbers back that up.
“For the first month of 2016, major felony crime was up 36 percent within the transit system,” NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox said.READ MORE: Sources: Ex-Boyfriend Gunned Down Lizbeth Mass While She Was Working At Construction Site On City Island
According to Fox, the number of attacks has more than tripled, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.
“Twelve of the felony assaults in January were stabbing or slashing incidents, which understandably caused concern among our subway riders,” Fox said.READ MORE: New Jersey Ranked 48th In List Of Best States In The U.S.
That’s why there are now more police patrols in the MTA’s transit system, Haskell reported.
“Our latest deployment plan includes saturating the transit system with uniformed officers, including officers from local precincts,” Fox said.MORE NEWS: New York Philharmonic Performs At The Shed As Part Of New York PopsUp Series
Fox also pointed out that arrests have been made in 70 percent of subway crimes.