Sure, New Yorkers' iToys are getting snatched left and right, but the NYPD says they've still been ableto keep subway crime down. According to their stats, a late-night anti-crime initiative spearheaded this summer has yielded a 20 percent reduction in major felonies on crime-ridden 2,4,5,6, and D lines in the Bronx and the 7 and A lines in Queens. We're guessing there's also been a decline in foot-on-seat crime.
The initiative, which ran only on weekends, put uniformed cops (or "underground marshals") on whole train routes, and train conductors informed riders about the increased police presence via loudspeaker. The 20 percent crime drop (and reported 37 percent drop in gadget theft) reflects from July 16 on, and the decrease is compared against stats from the same period in 2011.
NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox told the Post that he plans to expand the program citywide, adding 100 cops and running on weekends. But of course, NYPD-sponsored good news about crime is not always as it seems, and the department has a history of manipulating data and under-reporting crime to keep stats down, which is something to keep in mind before you start waving your iPad around on a 4 train at witching hour.