Some subway crimes ticked up year-over-year last month despite drop in ridership

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The MTA logged nearly as many felony assaults in the subway system last month as it did in September 2019 — despite the fact that ridership has plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report.

Twenty-two felony assaults took place in the subway system this past September, compared to 24 in September 2019, the New York Post reported, citing MTA statistics released on Friday.

The agency also recorded five homicides last month, up by three from September 2019; five rapes, up by two from the same month last year; and 22 burglaries, up by 17 from last September.

Robberies and grand larcenies, however, were down by 35 percent and 66 percent year over year, respectively, according to the outlet.

Approximately 1.4 million people rode the subway each day this past September; last September, more than five million people rode it each day, the outlet reported.