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As crime surges, Eric Adams tells New Yorkers subway safety is up to them

Adams said "not having your iPods in—not focusing on the phone" was the solution to subway crime and "I encourage New Yorkers to do that."

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As NYC subway crime is up 41 percent this year, Mayor Eric Adams told his citizens on Friday that the solution to warding off violent criminals is to stop looking at phones and stop listening to music as New Yorkers make their daily rides.

Eric Adams was speaking on Good Day New York and anchor Bianca Peters said, "I rode the subway yesterday, and it's the same thing. I haven't put my AirPods in for over a year because I feel like I need to be very much aware." Adams replied, "Well first, I think that you were right about, you know, not having your iPods in – not focusing on the phone, and I say yes to that. I do the same, and we put out a video and information telling people about being aware of what's around them and what's taking place. I encourage New Yorkers to do that." 

The Blue Lives Matter Twitter account responded and wrote, "Under-pressure NYC mayor Eric Adams tells residents to put their phones away, carry pepper spray, tasers and stop using Apple Airpods - suggesting unaware subway riders may be the REASON for rising violent crime." 

Adams did note in the interview that there has been a 47 percent increase in subway crime arrests and that he wants New Yorkers to "feel safe." 

Overall crime is up 34.4 percent across New York City and has been surging at rates as high as 50 percent since 2020. Felony assaults in New York are up 17 percent. 

Millions of New Yorkers ride the subway each day and there has been a marked surge in violent crime in the subways that have seen marauders dressed all in green terrorizing straphangers, victims thrown onto the tracks, and children being stabbed to death. 

New York City subway riders say that personal safety and security are their number one concern while riding the transit system, according to data from a recent MTA survey

In August, Adams said NYC was too crime-ridden for illegal immigrants who were getting off buses anywhere else but the Big Apple as they were being transported up from Texas. 

The mother of 36-year-old Charles Moore, the father and youth basketball coach who was stabbed to death on October 7 in the Bronx, said NYC Mayor Eric Adams needs "to get his a$$ whipped" for his handling of her son's death. 
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