MBTA: Serious Crime Down, Bike Thefts Up - 2011 vs. 2012

Most crime went down last year, but bike thefts and aggravated assaults went up.


Crime is mostly down on the MBTA with a few exceptions, according to figures released Tuesday.

According to the figures, West Roxbury reported 1 larceny in 2012, compared to none in 2011. Please see attached file for station by station breakdown of MBTA crime in 2011 versus 2012.

Serious crime – as defined by the FBI as homicide, rape, aggravated assaults, robbery, auto theft, burglary and arson – went down 11 percent in 2012, according to MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan in a statement.

Violent crime, which includes robbery, rape and aggravated assaults, were down 6 percent and there were no homicides on the MBTA last year.

There was also a 22 percent drop in robberies, and property crimes, including larceny and theft, went down 13 percent, according to the figures.

Aggravated assaults increased over the period, but MacMillan said an analysis of these incidents revealed no pattern.

According to the figures, two-thirds of all serious MBTA crime is non-violent property theft, and one-third of property theft involves stealing of bicycles.

“While we have had success in decreasing overall theft, bicycle theft continues to be a concern for us”, MacMillan said in the statement.  “We continue to conduct awareness campaigns and the MBTA continues to construct pedal and park areas to better secure bicycles.  As more and more bicycles are used by our passengers, we will continue to focus on this issue.”

Over this period, ridership increased to over 1.3 million passengers per day, according to the statement.


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