LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Red Line Metro station in Northeast D.C. is where you are most likely to be the victim of a crime in the transit system, according to a new security report from the Metro Transit Police Department.
The MTPD says the six D.C. Metro stations that experienced the most major crimes in the first 8 months of this year are also the stations with the most crime in the system overall. They are: Brookland (44), Deanwood (41), Minnesota Avenue (40), Gallery Place (35), Rhode Island Avenue (34) and L’Enfant Plaza (33).
The Maryland station with the most reported crimes is Capitol Heights (33) and the top station for crime in Virginia is Vienna (28).
The report noted that cell phone snatches are “rampant” within the system. Bike theft is also on the rise, increasing by 50 percent since 2012. Those two things accounted for 59 percent of all major crimes for the first 8 months of 2013. Robberies in general accounted for about 80 percent of the crimes.
Overall crime is up nearly 10 percent compared with 2012.
To combat crime moving forward, MTPD says it will continue its bi-weekly MetroStat crime meetings, conduct outreach events including bicycle registrations and lock give-aways, distribute crime prevention literature and introduce “safe rider education for youth in close proximity to the Silver Line.”
Click here for the full MTPD report.