Metro Crime Is Down Big Time This Year
Crime was down on the D.C. Metro system by 31 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report from Metro Transit Police Department. The report compares crime occurring during the first three months of 2014 with the same period in 2013. The decrease was driven by a drop in robberies, snatches of electronic devices, and bicycle thefts.
Bicycle thefts dropped by more than half, from 45 reported thefts in the first quarter of 2013 to 20 stolen this year. Only two stations, according to the report, had multiple bike theft events: College Park and Tenleytown.
Electronic theft is down 42 percent during the first quarter of 2014. (In its annual report in March, Metro reported that electronic theft was up in 2013 over 2012.) Robberies that fall under three categories—armed, force and violence, and fear—also fell, from 121 to 55 crimes.
Sexual harassment complaints categorized as criminal, however, remained steady, with 10 filed in the first quarter 2013 and 10 filed in 2014.
Metro says it has extensively analyzed crime data and deployed additional resources to help bring crime down. Some of the drop, of course, could be attributable to this year's long, brutal winter. Read the full crime report here.