Despite the surge of crimes, New York City mayor Eric Adams insists that the Big Apple subways remain safe for commuters.
On Sunday, Adams said what makes the subways unsafe is the perception of fear.
Adams said Saturday’s fatal random subway push in Times Square added more fear to subway users.
“New Yorkers are safe on the subway system,” Adams said.
“I think it’s about 1.7 percent of the crimes in New York City that occur on the subway system,” Adams added.
He said people should remove the perception of fear in subways to make it safer for commuters.
“What we must do is remove the perception of fear,” he said.
On Saturday morning, straphanger Michelle Go, 40 was killed when accused crazy ex-con Simon Martial, 61, allegedly pushed her in front of an oncoming train.
Meanwhile, straphangers and advocacy groups are not in favor of the claim of Adams that the NYC subways are safe from criminals.
Lisa Daglian of the MTA Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee said it is not perception when crimes happen.
“For a lot of people, perception is reality,” Daglian said.