REPORT: NYC Subway Murders Hit 25-Year High

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Murders in New York City’s subway system reached a 25-year high in 2022 despite the plummeting number of riders.

Between 1997 and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there were never more than five murders a year on the NYC subway system, according to the New York Post. In 2020, that number rose to six murders, before hitting eight in 2021.

There have reportedly been seven murders on NYC subways this year thus far, which would bring the total number of murders between 2020 to 2022 to 21, more than all murders between 2008 and 2019, the NY Post continued. Felony crime on the subway system is also up 42% compared to the same period in 2021.

“It used to be ‘I know if I don’t go to this neighborhood, I will be safe,’ but today you don’t have that,” CUNY professor Maria Haberfeld told the NY Post. “You can take the subway anywhere at any time of day, in broad daylight, and there is no guarantee of safety.”

Crime has surged throughout NYC in 2022, with Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams blaming repeat offenders for a majority of the spike. Across the rest of the U.S., Democrat-run cities have far more homicides per capita. (RELATED: Elderly Woman Dragged Out Of Car In Brutal Video In Brooklyn)

Researchers have suggested that idle youth and the defund the police movement are responsible for these historic increases in violent crime. In some cities, crime has gotten so out of control that major companies are spending huge amounts to move their entire headquarters, such as Citadel, who fled crime-ridden Chicago in June.