In response to the recent subway pushing incidents, NYPD Transit Captain Michael Telfer covered some of the leading problems facing the subway system in the city and Forest Hills at last week's meeting of the 112th Precinct Community Council.
According to Telfer, the city is a much safer place, saying that violent crimes, like the incident involving Sunando Sen, have decreased significantly since he first moved to the city in 1986.
“Pushing people in front of the train was something that was occurring all of the time,” Telfer said. “We really have to be aware of where we are and be careful of what we do.”
Telfer explained that the majority of the frequently reported crimes in the underground are related to technology theft and a growing number of subway “lush NYPD Transit Captain Michael Tefler speaks to the community about subway safety. ,” people who cut wallets from sleeping or intoxicated commuters’ pockets.
“One of the things we started doing, and we’ve really made a push, is to wake people up,” he said. “Being aware of yourself and your surroundings is the number one thing we can do.”
To avoid theft, Telfer suggests iPhone gamers and users of expensive electronic devices put them away when using public transit.
“You cannot be too careful when you’re riding the subway or riding the bus,” he said.
• 112th Precinct Captain Thomas Conforti says the top three crimes in Forest Hills are iPhone theft, identity theft and auto breaks.
• A community member filed a police report saying she was allegedly attacked and stabbed several years ago by a 72-year-old church deacon. “This woman has gotten away with bloody murder,” the woman said.
• A man raised concern for people video taping the trains in the subway, and was told by nearby police officers at the time that “it is not illegal.” Tefler denied the officer’s claims, encouraging people to report any suspicious behavior.
• On Feb. 20, Congresswoman Grace Meng is scheduled to address the Community Council at 7:30 p.m. at the 112th Precinct, 68-40 Austin St.