Negative Mood Rising: NY Subway Edition

CBS: ‘You Just Don’t Know What To Expect:’ Subway Attacks Leave Straphangers On Edge
“It is definitely scary,” one rider said.

It happened Wednesday at the Fulton Street station. But for some riders, it’s yet another example of wild and dangerous behavior on the subway that has left them uncomfortable and nervous, CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported.

“Scary, scary. Truthfully, scary. You just don’t know what to expect,” said another rider.

...“I can’t think about it,” one woman said. “Because if you think about it, then you will be afraid to leave your house.”

“I think that riders are scared and they’re frustrated, because they don’t know what to expect on the train every day,” said Jaqi Cohen, of Straphangers Campaign.

The NYPD insists the number of reported crimes on the subway is down 9.5 percent over last year.
It would be a clearer mood signal if the NYPD is reporting solid numbers because that would reflect changing mood, people feeling less safe despite a decline in criminal activity. A 10 percent decline in "reported crimes" might not capture "scary" incidents on the subway though, since not all of those may be reported. Either way, it is a sign of a declining mood.

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