NYPD to Send More 'Decoy Officers' into Subways to Fight Crime

Target...or decoy?
In light of a 16 percent increase in theft (mostly of electronic devices) on subway trains, the New York Post reports the NYPD will be doubling the number of the cops currently underground and sending them into the system as decoy officers. While we don't know exactly what this means, yet, the Post posits "That old lady with an iPhone could be a cop." More information, like how many new officers will be dispatched into the subway and what the MTA's specific plans are for them -- and, perhaps, if any of them will really be old ladies -- will be revealed at a meeting tonight.

In related news, we recently learned you should hold your phone with a finger over the top while talking on it to prevent it from being easily snatched. Also, in general, don't pass out drunk on a train for fear of lush workers, 109 of whom still lie in wait for you to fall asleep so they can cut your wallet from your pocket. If you are planning on napping, read our detailed instructions.

Will the decoys enforce good subway etiquette? Or will they simply hog the pole?

We shall see.

That old lady with an iPhone could be a cop [NYP]

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I love to read Instapaper during my commute, and I hold my iPhone in a death grip, always with one finger over the top, like you said. But it *astounds me* how many people don't hang on to their phones almost at all, even when they're by the doors. At least I get to rest easier, knowing that they're the easier target! 

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That is really ridiculous to get this news point, I think we need do more to cure the crime harm of our society, but not in this way.


Note to kids who sell candy on the A-train with the line: "I'm not out here robbing or stealing, instead I'm just candy-dealing," the unfortunate stereotyping in that line makes white liberals like me uncomfortable. Can you try something like: "To promote a communion of good feelings, I'm on here candy-dealing." Thanks.


Um, I'm dying of laughter from this sentence, in the NY Times piece about lush workers, describing why some victims may not report the crime:

"Victims, after all, are perhaps understandably ashamed to come forward to report being drunk enough to not have noticed the filleting of their pants by a man born in 1931."

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