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: Teacher Stephanie Edmonds On Why She's Not Getting The COVID Vaccine, Despite Mandate: 'The Hardest Decision I've Ever Made'
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 Gov. Phil Murphy, Republican Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Face Off In Fiery Debate
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: Hispanic Heritage Month: Ponce Family Passes Down Musical Art Of Mariachi Through Generations
Fox also pointed out that arrests have been made in 70 percent of subway crimes.