Metro Transit Crime Down But Tops Other Cities

6:53 AM, Mar 1, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro says serious crime has declined on the transit system from 2010, but Metro's crime rate was still higher last year than five other major transit agencies.

Metro released a five-year crime report Wednesday. It reported 1,898 serious crimes last year. The majority of crimes were thefts of some kind. Last year's figure was a decline from a six-year high of 2,270 crimes in 2010. 

The Washington Examiner reports Metro's crime rate is still higher than statistics provided by transit agencies in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

By comparison, Metro had 5.52 crimes per million riders, while New York's vast subway had 1.55 crimes per million trips.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says it's nearly impossible to draw comparisons without knowing how each transit agency reports crime.

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