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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Obvious

A few weeks into the controversial random bag checks on the New York subway system, the subway crime rate has dropped 23 percent as compared to the same period last year.
Through Sunday, there were 171 felonies in the subways this month, a decrease of 50 from the corresponding period last year, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said.
Not the intention of the random bag checks, but it does prove their worth, to an extent. The deterrence factor that is probably affecting the crime rate will hopefully deter terrorists concerned about being searched as well. That's the hope, anyhow.

4 Comments:

Blogger Krum as a bagel said...

Have you been on the subways this week? It's too hot for felonies. Did they adjust for the weather?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Shifra said...

That's a good point Krum...
In general though More Cops = Less Crime.
The stronger the police presence (whether they are patrolling, checking bags, or eating donuts) the more would be criminals are deterred.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the presence of cops, not the bag checking per se. Estimates are that the extra cops in the subway will cost $1.9M per week in overtime and that this will continue at least until the Mayor's re-election.

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