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Press Release | NO. 2004-002

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Press Release # 002
Monday, January 12, 2004

Commissioner Kelly Releases The 2003 Transit Crime Statistics Which Indicate A Significant Decline From 2002

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly released the 2003 transit crime statistics today. The numbers reflect another banner year for crime reduction in the city's transit system by posting better
figures than those from 2002 in categories from major crime complaints to misdemeanor arrests.

Overall in 2003, transit crime complaints were down 13.14% from the previous year. This included a 9.85% decrease in robbery complaints, a 15.18% drop in felony assault, burglaries were down a significant 61.11%
and grand larcenies dipped 14.63%.

While complaints were down, arrests increased in certain categories in 2003 when compared to 2002. Total misdemeanor arrests increased by 21.57%. In addition, fare evasion arrests jumped 23.35% and there was a
6.54% increase during 2003 for peddling or panhandling offenses.

Commissioner Kelly said: "The transit system is the backbone of this city and it is vital that it remain safe and reliable for all New Yorkers and visitors to the city. By keeping the pressure on those who prey on others in the transit system, the Police Department can continue to drive crime down significantly."

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