The Big Apple’s top cop Friday touted an overall 45 percent-plus drop in serious subway crime this year — even though murders and felony assaults are both up.
In response to a growing chorus of demands for more cops to protect riders and MTA workers, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also insisted there is already “a very healthy presence in the transit system.
“There are some issues in the train, and [NYPD Transit Chief Kathleen Reilly] and her team are deploying on a day-to-day basis — both uniformed, plainclothes, overtime, auxiliary officers,” Shea said during an appearance on Fox 5 NY’s “Good Day New York.”
“We’re doing everything that we can within the balance of the entire city. There’s obviously a lot of issues going on.”
Amid mounting controversy over subway violence — including the vicious, unprovoked slashing of an off-duty conductor Wednesday night — Shea said, “Where we are in crime, with the whole picture in New York City, is roughly a 45 percent decrease in crime in transit.
“When you look at the crime levels in the subway, they’re down pretty dramatically,” he said.
Referring to the attack on conductor Gerard Sykes, 52, Shea added: “One incident — one — like that terrible incident yesterday, is horrible and one too many.”
According to the latest NYPD Transit Bureau CompStat figures, there was an overall year-to-date decline of 45.9 percent in six categories of serious crime through Sunday, compared to the same period last year.
The biggest drop was in burglaries, which decreased 76.9 percent, from 13 to 3, followed by grand larcenies, which were down 62.4 percent, from 442 to 166.
Robberies also declined 51.2 percent, from 252 to 123, while rapes were unchanged at two for each period.
But murders were up 33.3 percent, to four from three — and jumped 300 percent from the same period in 2019, before the pandemic hit.
Felony assaults also increased 20.5 percent, to 159 from 132, and jumped 24.2 percent from two years ago.
The issue of subway crime sparked a war of words this week between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, with Cuomo saying Monday, “I’m not telling my child to ride the subway because I’m afraid for my child.”
De Blasio shot back Thursday, saying, “As a real New Yorker, who lives in the city, has taken the subway all my life, I wouldn’t hesitate at all to take the subway.”
“If you said to one of my kids, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t go on the subway, it’s not safe,’ they would laugh you out of the room,” de Blasio added.
On Thursday, Sykes’ aunt, Cassandra Sykes, publicly pleaded with de Blasio to “do something,” saying, “It is not safe for the transit worker or the public to ride the train, buses and everything.”
NYC Transit interim President Sarah Feinberg further accused de Blasio of “pretending that we don’t have a problem.”