They might not have been selling swipes off their card at the $2 face value...If I was a criminal I wouldn't be a "nice" one, and I'd probably assess a small fee on top of the $2 for my troubles. If you're selling swipes at $3 or even up to $5 then that dramatically increases profit.
If you know a stereo's stolen, do you pay extra for it?
I can't imagine there'd be much demand for passengers to pay the swiper a premium. In fact I think they'd insist on a discount. All the prospective customer has to do is alert the station attendant who presumably would at least arrange some way for the customer to enter at regular fare, and at most SHOULD get cops on the scene.
If it's an unattended entrance surely the prospective customer would know to turn around and walk the block or so to the staffed station entrance.
There isn't a police officer stationed in front of each bank of turnstiles in every single station--that's just not piratical. And most stations in the system see at least one person entering every 18 minutes during daylight hours (if it was serving 2-3 people an hour, I doubt trains would be stopping there)
But how many of those entrances have cameras? And as I mentioned, if the turnstiles monitor the 18 minute rule, surely the machinery can alert somebody that the same card got swiped 3 or more times at the same station, which should then prompt a cop to go look.
You're also mixing entrances and stations. How many STATIONS have no staff at prime swiping times? I'm imagine there are entrances with no staff, but don't the stations that have at least 1 attended entrance. What stations have no attendants, other than late at night?
lirr42 wrote:Commuters, students, local residents will go with the longer period passes, which offer better value.
(This was also the reason for eliminating the 14-day passes, there wasn't a big market for those, they'd either go with 7-day or 30-day passes)
Lemme paraphrase what I meant to say. Have they eliminated the problem? As you say, the big market's in 7 and 30 day passes. Have the crooks who supposedly used 1 day passes decided it's not worth it to invest in a stack of 7 day passes? If the profit margin with 1 day passes was attractive, surely 7 day passes, which you say OFFER BETTER VALUE, are even more attractive. Yes, the cost if they get caught is greater, I assume the cops would confiscate the stack, but you're implying that enforcement's not practical. Maybe they should use some of the pirates you mentioned