In 2021, New York City reported more subway assaults than in any year since 1997. There was a total of 461 felony assaults on the subway system last year, including eight homicides. One of those homicides was Michelle Alyssa Go, a woman of Asian descent who was pushed to her death. The murder made national headlines.
There were also 58 subway robberies.
That’s why this year NYPD is requiring police officers to conduct more frequent, regular sweeps of the subway system. And while fare evasion is likely to get addressed, it’s not really fare evasion that NYPD is looking for as they patrol.