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Unearthed footage shows New Yorkers call for more cops on dangerous subway in 1980s just like today

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History is repeating itself on the New York City Subway as anxiety about soaring crime echoes concerns during the bad old days of the 1980s.

Unearthed news footage shows worried commuters complaining that an epidemic of violent crime was had left them afraid to travel.

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The fears voiced in the decades-old newsreels are freakishly similar to those expressed by straphangers today – with transit crime in the city up 41.7 percent compared to last year.

Recent concerns have been intensified by a spate in terrifying shove attacks, with 25 incidents already this year which have left two people dead and more victims seriously injured.

Commuters in the 1980s spoke of their fear riding the subway due to soaring violent crime rate
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Commuters in the 1980s spoke of their fear riding the subway due to soaring violent crime rate

Passengers said they didn't feel safe and look over their shoulders, echoing fears voiced today

Passengers said they didn’t feel safe and look over their shoulders, echoing fears voiced today

NYPD data shows transit crime has risen 41.7% this year, including a spate of shoving incidents

NYPD data shows transit crime has risen 41.7% this year, including a spate of shoving incidents

In on clip from 1989, a worried woman says she’s ‘scared that somebody is going to attack me’ whenever she takes the train.

Fast forward to 2022 and the concerns are the same. One commuter complains that ‘as a woman riding the train, there’s a lot of things that I worry about.’

Others passengers tell how they spend their journeys looking over their shoulders – fearing an attacker could pounce at any moment.

And the politicians of today also seem to be reading from the same script.

In 1985, New York Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward told the press to ‘cease trying to panic the public’ with reports about subway crime.

Only last week, Mayor Eric Adams said the media was creating a false ‘perception’ of subway crime with stories ‘based on a narrative’.

Two people have been killed being shoved onto tracks this year, with 25 cases in total so far

Two people have been killed being shoved onto tracks this year, with 25 cases in total so far

David Martin, 32, suffered a fractured collarbone when a shove from behind sent him flying

David Martin, 32, suffered a fractured collarbone when a shove from behind sent him flying

Aspiring rapper Lamale McRae was charged with attempted murder over the attack on Martin

Aspiring rapper Lamale McRae was charged with attempted murder over the attack on Martin

But the fact remains that in 2022, as through the 1980s, subway crime is rising and commuters are scared.

Nine people have been murdered on the subway so far this year, compared to six in 2021.

In the latest case of shocking violence, a 43-year-old rider was stabbed in the back at Harlem’s 125th Street station at about 4.30am on Friday morning. 

The attack was apparently unmotivated and the suspect, a man in his 20s, ran away after.

And a 78-year-old man was attacked on Thursday afternoon on a southbound No 1 train after asking a group to turn their music down.

The latest NYPD data shows there have been 1,865 reported crimes on the subway so far this year.

That is a 41.7 percent rise on the same period last year, when there were 1,316 reports.

Politicians on the 1980s tried to downplay fears and some said the press were fearmongering

Politicians on the 1980s tried to downplay fears and some said the press were fearmongering

Adams was criticized for suggesting the media was creating a false 'perception' of danger

Adams was criticized for suggesting the media was creating a false ‘perception’ of danger

The spike in subway crimes comes as overall crime rates in New York are up 30.5% on last year

The spike in subway crimes comes as overall crime rates in New York are up 30.5% on last year

Separate data published by City Hall for the entire city transit network reports there were 3,918 complaints for offenses in the transit jurisdiction in 2021.

Under those criteria, the figure for this year up to September was 3,534.

Fortunately, figures in recent years are significantly lower than in the 1980s. 

In 1981, the 15,296 reported felonies was, at the time, the highest in the subway’s history and three times the rate in 1970. At that time, there were just short of 1bn journeys per year. 

By 1990, there were 18,324 felonies on the subway, including 26 murders.

A significant declined followed and by 2019, the rate was 2,469 felonies, including three murders, even as the annual journey number hit 1.7bn.

Current fears have been intensified by a spike in terrifying shoving attacks, with 25 cases already this year of commuters being hurled onto the tracks.

Two people have been killed and several others only narrowly avoided death.

The 1980s went down as one of the subway's most dangerous periods as crime hit record highs

The 1980s went down as one of the subway’s most dangerous periods as crime hit record highs

Commuters complained they didn't feel safe and their sentiments have been echoed in 2022

Commuters complained they didn’t feel safe and their sentiments have been echoed in 2022

Archive news footage reveals commuters are gripped by similar concerns as those in the 80s

Archive news footage reveals commuters are gripped by similar concerns as those in the 80s

The fears of straphangers in 2022 have been intensified by a spate of terrifying shove attacks

The fears of straphangers in 2022 have been intensified by a spate of terrifying shove attacks

Figures from the New York City Police Department obtained by DailyMail.com earlier this week revealed the number of cases has already surpassed that for 2021.

As of October 16 the NYPD had recorded 22 subway shovings this year. Since that date three more New Yorkers have been tossed to the tracks – one of them fatally – pushing the total well above the 21 which occurred all of last year.

October was a particularly prolific month for subway shovers, with at least five incidents occurring so far while there are still as many days left in the month.

There were at least two subway shovings in September, three in June, one in April, and another two in January.

Violent killings on subway in 2022 

Good Samaritan Roland Hueston struck and killed by train as he tried to rescue man thrown onto tracks by New Year’s Day.

Michelle Alyssa Go, 49, was killed on January 15 when she was shoved onto the subway tracks on the southbound N/Q/R/W platform at West 42nd Street and Broadway. 

Marcus Bethea, 24, was shot and killed at the Jamaica Center subway station on April 25 while working as a subway card swiper. 

Daniel Enriquez, 48, was riding on the Q train that was heading over the Manhattan Bridge, when a gunman opened fire without warning on May 22.

Ethan Reyes, 14, fatally stabbed at the the 137 Street-City College station in Hamilton Heights on July 9.

Tommy Bailey, a father of three, died after he was slashed in the neck by a homeless man on the L train to Atlantic Ave Station on September 30.

Charles Moore, 38, a father, was stabbed in the back and chest after leaving a northbound four train in the Bronx at 10.30pm on October 6.  

Jayjon Burnett, 15, was shot dead on Friday October 14 by a known gangbanger just on a Far Rockaway A train just days before his 16th birthday.  

Heriberto Quintana, 48, was hit by train on October 17 after an altercation at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue station located in Queens

Michelle Go, 40, was pushed onto tracks on January 15 at the Times Square Station and died of her injuries

On September 5, 59-year-old Xing Zhou was punched her in the face at Union Square Station

The rise in push attacks has left two people dead and overall subway crime is up by 41 percent 

On October 17, Heriberto Quintana (above) died when he was shoved in front of a subway train

On October 17, Heriberto Quintana (above) died when he was shoved in front of a subway train

Tommy Bailey, 43, was slashed in the throat on board an L train on September 30 and died

Tommy Bailey, 43, was slashed in the throat on board an L train on September 30 and died

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German Sabio, 26, was pushed into the path of a northbound 6 train on October 16 this year

Manhattan saw at least six shovings – including both fatalities. The Bronx and Brooklyn saw at least three pushings each, and Queens saw one.

The latest shoving took place just last Sunday at the 149th Street-Grand Concourse station in the Bronx at about 9:45pm on October 23.

Ronald Baptiste, a 62-year-old grandfather, was waiting on the platform while on his way to work when Deshaun Smith, 21, allegedly punched him in the back of the head without warning

Police said Smith then shoved Baptiste onto the tracks and fled. Baptiste was able to pull himself off the tracks before a train arrived.

 Two days prior on October 21, 32-year-old David Martin was walking down the Wyckoff and Myrtle Avenue subway station in Brooklyn when Lamale McRae, 41, randomly charged across the platform and knocked him down into the tracks.

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