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Felony assaults surged on the subways last week, the Post has learned.
Police recorded 24 felony assaults during the week of May 17 to May 23, according to the NYPD Transit Bureau figures shared by an MTA source — compared to 13 the previous week, May 10 to May 16.
Felony assaults averaged just eight per week from March 29 through April 25, the NYPD figures show.
Violence underground last week included a man bloodied by a hammer early Sunday morning and two men shot Saturday during a stickup gone wrong.
Transit leaders have pushed for months for more NYPD on mass transit, and last week the city responded by adding 250 extra shifts of cops.
The MTA, meanwhile, is hiring more of its own cops — and is spending $2.2 million per month on 200 private security contractors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
Publicly available Transit Bureau stats set to be presented by NYPD at Wednesday’s MTA board meeting will show crime dropped from March to April — as MTA leaders and city officials traded barbs over safety on the subway.
Overall, police reported 111 major felonies during the month of April, compared to 118 the previous month, the publicly available stats show. Those categories include murder, rape, robbery, grand larceny, felony assault and burglary.
April saw 2.09 crimes per million riders, according to NYPD — a continued decline in the crime rate from March, when there were 2.32 crimes per million riders, but still up from pre-pandemic levels in 2019, when there was around 1.47 crimes per rider.
Final stats for May won’t be made available until June’s MTA board meeting, but the weekly figures shared by an MTA source show troubling trends.
The last four weeks of data showed 59 felony assaults, compared to 34 in the four weeks previous. Grand larcenies also spiked last week, from 8 to 17 — though the total for the most recent four weeks was flat compared to the previous four weeks.
Cops also reported 16 sex crimes during the week ending May 23, compared to 11 the previous week. Average daily ridership increased by about 50,000 over that same time, according to publicly available MTA stats.
The MTA’s customer surveys show safety from crime and harassment is a top concern of regular subway users.
Lisa Daglian of the MTA’s Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee welcomed the additional officers and security guards.
“Hopefully as riders return and there’s more of a uniformed presence, their comfort level is going to increase,” Daglian said.
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