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Panhandling arrests up on subways

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The NYPD says it's targeting illegal panhandling in the subway system and it's paying off.

More than 500 arrests have been made in the first six months of 2014 compared to about 140 during the same period last year.

In all of 2013, more than 300 arrests of panhandlers were made.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who headed the transit police in the 1990s, has said he would focus on quality of life issues during his tenure. 

The department is exploring adding surveillance cameras inside subway cars.  Police would be able to access the video from iPads as the trains came into a station or from remote locations.

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