NYPD to Send More 'Decoy Officers' into Subways to Fight Crime
In light of a 16 percent increase in theft (mostly of electronic devices) on subway trains, the New York Post reports the NYPD will be doubling the number of the cops currently underground and sending them into the system as decoy officers. While we don't know exactly what this means, yet, the Post posits "That old lady with an iPhone could be a cop." More information, like how many new officers will be dispatched into the subway and what the MTA's specific plans are for them -- and, perhaps, if any of them will really be old ladies -- will be revealed at a meeting tonight.
In related news, we recently learned you should hold your phone with a finger over the top while talking on it to prevent it from being easily snatched. Also, in general, don't pass out drunk on a train for fear of lush workers, 109 of whom still lie in wait for you to fall asleep so they can cut your wallet from your pocket. If you are planning on napping, read our detailed instructions.
Will the decoys enforce good subway etiquette? Or will they simply hog the pole?
We shall see.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.