NY CompStat Follies
If you can't downgrade the crime, downgrade the property:
- There are so many Citi Bikes being stolen that the NYPD and the company that provides the vehicles are trying to figure out how to lower their value so that the thefts would be downgraded from felonies to misdemeanors, sources tell The Post.
The distinction is a significant one for cops because only felonies are included in the NYPD’s CompStat figures, which track seven major crime categories.
“It’s highly unethical and raises questions of fairness,” a law enforcement source said of the push to cut the bikes’ value.
“Citi Bike has a multimillion-dollar contract with the city, so of course they’re going to work with the police department,” the source added, but “this sends a bad message to the everyday police officer who is trying to evaluate criminal charges in a fair manner.”
At some point, we're sure this will be co-opted by Chicago. It's too brilliant to languish only in the Big Apple.