Robberies in New York City’s subways have jumped 17 percent this year, says the New York Daily News. Cops had focused on turnstile jumpers, reasoning that someone intent on committing a crime in the subways wouldn’t pay a fare. “As violent-prone felons came to understand that they would be stopped at the turnstile for fare evasion, they tended to enter the system by paying and then committing crimes of opportunity,” Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said. He said law enforcement resources now are focused on trains and platforms.
Arrests for gun possession have gone up up 42 percent this year. Fare evasion arrests are down 16 percent. Cops have attributed the surge in robberies to criminals going after cellular telephones, iPods, and other electronic gadgets.