Crime on Los Angeles County’s Metro bus and rail system has decreased 17% over the last five years, the transportation authority announced Thursday.
Between 2015 and 2019, total “serious” and “less serious” crimes both declined on the Metro system. Serious crimes decreased nearly 23% and less-serous crimes decreased almost 11%.
“The Metro system is safe and we’re making it safer,” Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Chair James Butts said. “As a former law enforcement officer myself, I know that deterring crime takes a long-term commitment and focus. That’s what Metro is now doing.”
Statistics are reported to Metro regularly by multiple law enforcement agencies that patrol the transit system.
Overall, there are approximately 3.9 crimes per 1 million transit rides, which Metro officials said is a “relatively low” number, consistent with other major transit agencies across the United States.
Metro instituted a new policing plan in mid-2017. The plan works with law enforcement agencies, Metro transit security, private security and in-house “fare compliance” officers to better protect the Metro system.
“Our transit system is certainly not immune from some of the issues found in the rest of L.A. County, but we are now beginning to see the tangible benefits of our multi-agency law enforcement model,” said Metro CEO Phillip Washington.
Metro stated it is continuing to build a collaborative and intelligence-led security training and exercise program with multiple stakeholders, which increases the ability to identify significant threats.
Officials said Metro has also regularly deployed its new Thruvision explosive-detection system randomly throughout the system to augment its counter-terrorism measures.
Riders can anonymously report safety and security concerns with their smartphones using Metro’s Transit Watch app.
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