Most people view mass transit as a safe way to travel. However, the New York Subway's crime rate has risen anywhere between 17 and 23 percent since the same time period last year. One of the rising issues are "subway creepers", professional thieves who slash people's pockets while they sleep and take their valuables. People are waking up with holes in their pockets and their phones, wallets, and laptops missing. The New York Police Department had decided to step in and help. Now, during the midnight check, police officers will be waking up sleeping passengers so they can stop the crime before it happens. The majority of these "subway creepers" work during the night.
Multiple attempted rapes on the F train has also lead some people to question the safety of the Subway. Women who travel late at night feel especially at risk.
"It's definitely less safe, The F train is empty and I don't see any police around here" says Emmaly Salazar, a late night rider of the F Train. Police noted that while the overall crime rate is up, the amount of felonies is down 6.9 percent. Also, crime isn't near the point to where it was at in the 1980s. All this crime makes me question how safe public transit really is. For the most part, I think anyone is okay riding it, it would be better though if you had someone to ride with you.