After the safest January ever, Bratton tells straphangers to stay awake

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WAKE UP! Commissioner Bratton Says No More Sleeping On The Subway

Bill Bratton has some advice for straphangers: Stay awake. "Subways are not for sleeping," the police commissioner said on Wednesday, displaying an unexpectedly deep knowledge of musical theater. The NYPD will be employing more patrolling officers to go through the trains and rouse sleeping passengers -- and, presumably, deal with the knife attacks, of which there have been eight on the subway so far this year. The commissioner also noted that 50 percent of passenger thefts happen when a rider is asleep.

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That said, if you do doze off, you might get away with it. January was the safest month in New York City since the NYPD has been keeping track of crime statistics, Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday. Last month, there were 22 homicides (down from 40 last year) and shootings are off by 34 percent. In Chicago, a city with roughly a quarter the population of ours, there were 51 homicides in January. Only felony assaults are up, 18 percent over last year, and 37 of those occurred in the subway. So, yes, you may have the urge lately to wear a chain-mail face mask on your morning commute, but you will almost surely get there alive. Progress!

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After the safest January ever, Bratton tells straphangers to stay awake
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police officers following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police officers from the K-9 Unit during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, left, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, right, talk before an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Firefighters drag a wounded actor to safety during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police officers during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, left, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, right, talk before an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Firefighters drag a wounded actor to safety during an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: James Waterse, New York City Police Department Chief of Counterterrorism, speaks at a press conference following a drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton congratulates officers after an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: New York City Fire Department Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness Joseph Pfeifer speaks at a press conference following an active shooter drill on Kenmare St. on November 22, 2015 in New York City. The drill, in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, simulated an active shooter situation at the Bowery subway station. (Michael Graae/Getty Images)
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