Metro crime remains low in 2012
Crime on Metro remained low in 2012 as a result of crime-prevention strategies, data-driven deployment of officers, and innovative policing tactics. That is the message Metro Transit Police (MPTD) Chief Michael Taborn will deliver Thursday during his security report to the Metro Board Safety and Security Committee.
Highlights of Chief Taborn’s presentation include:
“We always start with the belief that one crime is one too many, but smart, effective police work and cooperation from jurisdiction law enforcement is producing good results,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. “I want to commend the entire Metro Transit Police Department—each civilian, officer, sergeant, lieutenant and the command staff—for their commitment, dedication and vigilance in 2012.”
Like many other transit agencies, Metro has seen an increase in so-called “snatch thefts” of smartphones, tablets and other high-value electronic devices. In response, Metro began using “crime suppression teams,” where undercover officers using decoy electronic devices place themselves in the path of crime, become “victims” and make immediate arrests. In 2012, a total of 149 Part I arrests were made as a result of crime suppression team activity.
Systemwide, Part I crimes against persons decreased 3.3 percent last year as compared to 2011 when MTPD crime-suppression team arrests are removed from the data. When the 149 suppression team arrest are included in the data, an increase of 4.5 percent is shown between 2011 and 2012.
MTPD uses a broad range of tactics to keep customers safe and crime rates low:
Looking forward to 2013:
News release issued at 1:51 pm, February 11, 2013.