Highest crime rate of system’s 421 stops is connected with the tiny Broad Channel in Queens, where 112 felonies and misdemeanors occurred over a period of 5 years.
18-year-old Straphanger Dajon Dunton felt the sound of seaside anxiety while he was standing for an A train at the remote stop in Queens. He said, “I don’t think it’s safe” as he saw a stabbing incident at the station a few months ago. He added, “There’s always something going on, especially after the schools get out. Gang activity, Fighting, Weapons, stuff like that.”
According to a Daily News analysis of subway crime and ridership data, the tiny station which is away from teeming Times Square and Grand Central has the highest crime rate of the system’s 421 stops.
Ending in 2013, recorded at Broad Channel across a five-year time period, 112 felonies and misdemeanors happened there ranging from assault to resisting arrest.
7 of the top 10 stations with the highest crime rates are not express or transfer stations, and 4 are on the Rockaway peninsula.
According to police officials, the subway system is secure.
However, according to the Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox, the rate of major felonies system wide have decreased to an average 5.9 a day this year which is a big challenge. Fox said, “The fact that you can go in any car and any station and see people holding electronic devices in their hand is a reflection of how safe people feel”.
Broad Channel is a needed transfer to the Rockaway shuttle which goes to the western half of the Rockaway peninsula. The crowds can be both large and rowdy, filling the platforms from edge to wall, according to a transit police officer patrolling an A train.
According to an estimate, there are 2,700 daily transfers at the station. Broad Channel still has one of the highest rates in the system at 2 incidents per 100,000 trips.
The station offers a mix of shore-seeking day-trippers and “hoodlum kids” from tough areas of the peninsula, said Louis Correa.
The 37-year-old construction worker from Far Rockaway said of those individuals looking for trouble, “For them, it is easy pickings”.
Almost half of the crimes reported at the station occurred during the summer months, when beachgoers wait on the platform for the shuttle.