Subway sex crime arrests have reportedly seen a significant spike this year, with NYPD data noting 128 arrests relating to sexual abuse or forcible touching, as compared with 104 such arrests in 2013.

The Daily News reports that the 23 percent arrest spike is due to a new initiative cracking down on sex abuse on the subway; the NYPD says it's assigned more plainclothes transit cops to patrol the system, keeping an eye out for sexual predators. An MTA spokesperson tells us the agency is "absolutely supportive" of the initiative.

According to the NYPD’s Transit Bureau, women filed more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault and forcible touching, in the period between June 2008 and June 2013, and note that that's just the number of assaults that have been reported. The subway lines and nearest subway stops that saw the most complaints included 42nd Street/Grand Central (the 4,5,6 lines, the 7 line, and the shuttle), along with the L,4,5,6,N,R lines at 14th St/Union Square and the lines traveling in and out of Times Square/Port Authority.

The subway system's gotten a fair amount of attention from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton this year. In addition to cracking down on sex assaults, the NYPD's made significantly more arrests when it comes to illegal subway performers and vendors, particularly the controversial "Showtime!" acrobats, a number of whom have been slapped with reckless endangerment charges.