NYC Subway Crime Is ‘Like The Wild West,’ NYPD Source Says

With a New York City subway assault causing its riders to panic last week, many residents are feeling less safe. According to an inside source from the New York Police Department (NYPD), New Yorkers have every right to be concerned while making their daily commutes.

During the first two months of 2024, the NYPD made over 3,000 arrests in the subway, according to the NYPD Transit Bureau.

The source reported that NYPD officers have been told to not report minor offenses to ensure the crime numbers stay as low as possible.

“The numbers they are putting out are a complete joke and everyone knows it,” the anonymous source said. “The sense of lawlessness [on the subway] is so bad that unless you have personal experience in the system, especially at night, it is impossible to understand.”

The source compared it to the “Wild West.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) claims that crime is low, it is not for the reason he thinks it is. Many subway crimes also go unreported due to residents knowing that their attackers will unlikely be captured.

“People understand that the majority of those who commit larceny or assaults are never going to be apprehended, so why go through the trouble of making a report?” the source said.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) deployed 750 New York National Guard troops and 250 New York State Police troopers to the Big Apple to assist officers in patrolling subways because things have gotten so far out of hand.

“Since taking office, I have been laser-focused on driving down subway crime and protecting New Yorkers,” Hochul told reporters at a news conference. “I am sending a message to all New Yorkers: I will not stop working to keep you safe and restore your peace of mind whenever you walk through those turnstiles.”

“No one heading to their job, or to visit family, or to go to a doctor’s appointment should worry that the person sitting next to them possesses a deadly weapon,” she added.

Last week, a 36-year-old man was shot multiple times with his own gun on the subway after he attacked a 32-year-old man, causing other riders to drop to the ground to avoid being shot. Police concluded the shooting was in self-defense.

There have been several other subway attacks this month alone. Besides last week’s incident, a 17-year-old girl was punched several times by a woman at the 168th Street station on Mar. 3, resulting in her being taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The same day, a 64-year-old man was kicked by an unknown suspect, resulting in him falling on the tracks at Penn Station.

On Mar. 1, a 27-year-old man had his hand slashed by an unknown suspect with a box cutter while on a train approaching Penn Station.

The increase in crime could have something to do with the state’s soft-on-crime stance.