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Body scanners coming to New York subway stations as city struggles to bring surging crime under control

Crime in New York’s subway stations has gotten so out of control that Democratic Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday the arrival of body scanners in the city’s stations.

The scans will be used to detect weapons entering subway stations, as city officials try to deter a surge in criminal activity.

“We’re going to use technology to identify bad people carrying bad guns,” Adams said Thursday. “And I say to those who are afraid of scanners and would rather not walk around in them, I’d rather you be safe – so let’s call on scanners.”

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Adams said the city would undergo a 90-day waiting period for the scanners to be tested before they could be installed at each station. In addition to the scanners, the city will hire more mental health clinicians to work alongside the New York Police Department (NYPD) “to quickly move people with untreated serious mental illness out of the metro and into care “.

“This technological duality and our approach to mental health will achieve the goal we seek: public transport users should be safe, our city should be safe, people should receive the care they deserve ” Adams said.

Adams’ announcement comes the same week that three stabbings took place in and around the Big Apple metro. The city announced it was deploying 800 additional police officers to patrol its crime-plagued subways, even after about 750 officers. National Guard troops were deployed underground system earlier this month and 1,000 additional police officers were added in February.

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Members of the NYPD and National Guard conduct random bag searches on the New York subway

Members of the NYPD and National Guard conduct random bag searches on the New York City subway on Monday, March 11, 2024. (Matthew McDermott for Fox News Digital)

Monday, New York City announced its intention to intensify the crackdown on fraud in the metro by sending at least 800 police officers specifically to monitor the turnstiles.

There have been more than 1,700 arrests for jumping a turnstile and more than 28,000 tickets for fare evasion issued so far this year, the data shows.

Police and Mayor Eric Adams, himself a former transit official, have in recent weeks suggested some links between fare-skipping and train violence.

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Members of the NYPD and National Guard conduct random bag searches on the New York subway

Members of the NYPD and National Guard conduct random bag searches on the New York City subway on Monday, March 11, 2024. (Matthew McDermott for Fox News Digital)

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According to NYPD data, there were three homicides in the underground system in January and February, while incidents such as grand larceny, felonious assaults and robberies also saw a sharp increase.

A cellist was hit in the head with a bottle by a crazed woman last month, while in January Fox News meteorologist Adam Klotz was brutally beaten in the Big Apple subway by a group of teenagers after he intervened on behalf of an elderly man whose hair they had set on fire.

Earlier this month, the New York Police Department also launched a bag check of subway riders to confiscate items such as knives, guns, box cutters and other weapons.

Fox News’ Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.

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