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NYPD Reports Dip In Subway Crime

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There is some good news for straphangers, as the New York City Police Department says crime is down in the subway this year.

NYPD numbers show subway robberies are down more than 40 percent in January and February, compared with the same months last year.

Police say there were 97 incidents in the first two months of 2013, compared with more than 170 last year.

The number of grand larcenies in the subway is also down in January and February, at about 3 percent.

Other statistics, like burglaries and felony assaults, are about the same in the first two months of this year as in 2012.

Joseph Fox, the chief of the NYPD's transit bureau, said that part of the drop was because of an aggressive effort by the NYPD to get people to safeguard their iPhones and computers.

"I believe communicating to our commuters that these these thefts of electronics are often preventable is another critical component of combating these crimes of opportunity," Fox said.

The MTA also said that subway ridership was at record levels in 2012, even with the system shut down for a week after Hurricane Sandy. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP