NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 13, 1974
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(Studio) New crackdown plan on street crime in New York City seems to work. Problems exist, however, after muggers convicted.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber
(NYC) Few muggers caught; even fewer go to prison. Tough looking uniformed police squad patrols neighborhood particularly plagued by muggers. Squad moves from precinct to precinct, hoping to scare away muggers. Tactics not very successful. Now members of crime unit sent out into street with various disguises in hopes of becoming victims of street crime and catching them in act. [Detective Mary GLATZLE - describes feelings as decoy. Gets self-satisfaction from removing muggers, robbers, rapists from streets.] Undercover cops shown in position, waiting for muggers or robbers. Police catch robbers swiftly and without violence. Police proud of tactics in fight against street crime. However, most suspects get light sentence in court and are back on street soon. Arthur Johnson, arrested on theft charges, faces 4th arrest in short period. New York City jails filled with suspects of street crime, but few convicted and receive stiff sentences. State legislature reviews street crime in NYC; changes may be imminent.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt