Recent crime statistics from the first four months of 2012 show that subway crime has risen 18 percent over last year. The spike is being attributed to a rise in robberies and grand larcenies.
For the first four months in 2012, there were 876 major crimes reported in the subways. During the same time period in 2011, there were only 741 major crimes reported. The number of robberies has increased 27 percent, and grand larcenies increased from 438 from January to April 2011 to 518 from January to April 2012.
Police officials say they aren’t surprised by the increase, which they attribute to a spike in the number of electronic thefts that are occurring. They also warn to be careful when using electronics on the subway, noting that many riders who are using earphones or cell phones aren’t paying attention to what’s going on around them and could end up as crime victims. One officer noted that in a half hour period of observation, almost every person had ear phones in their ears and were carrying cell phones.
Unfortunately for those individuals charged with stealing or other crimes, the charges can be quite serious. What may seem like a youthful indiscretion, such as swiping someone’s iPhone, can turn into fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record that can affect the individual’s life for years into the future. That’s why it’s important, if you have been charged with a crime, to hire a talented New York criminal defense attorney. You do not want to end up with a criminal record.