MTA to put more officers, cameras in subways to combat crime surge
The MTA held a board meeting Wednesday to lay out its plan on tackling crime on New York City public transit systems.
Crimes like larcenies, robberies and assaults have increased to around one-third to almost double this year compared to 2020, according to the NYPD.
MTA Chairman Janno Lieber says in response, police will be patrolling the transit systems. He says the MTA will also look for ways on getting information from the public that can be shared with police, including from the 311 system.
Cameras are also a factor of criticism after police said security cameras were not working during the April 12 Brooklyn subway shooting.
Lieber says more cameras are on the way, and that there are currently around 10,000 cameras compared to 6,000 over three years ago.
Lieber also made a plea to the state Legislature to rationalize the laws when it comes to attacks on transit employees. Assaulting a transit worker can result in up to seven years in prison.