Official: Take pics of subway gropers

Nov. 19, 2009 at 2:51 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A New York city councilman is encouraging women to snap cellphone pictures of subway gropers.

Councilman Peter Vallone said women have been helping police by snapping pictures of subway gropers and he encouraged school-aged girls to carry cellphones with built-in cameras on the subway, the New York Post reported Thursday.

New York Police Department Transit Chief James Hall told a council panel complaints of sexual abuse in subway cars increased 4 percent from 2008 to 2009. However, he said arrests of accused subway gropers decreased by 6 percent during that time.

"This should not be a part of commuting in New York," Hall said. "It's an underreported crime."

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