MBTA Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan has released the 2013 first quarter Part I crime statistics which show a 33% decrease when compared to the same time period in 2012. Part I crimes, which are defined by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system, are; Homicide, Rape/Assault to rape, Robbery, Aggravated assault, Burglary, Larceny, Auto theft and Arson.
Chief MacMillan stated, “I would like to thank and acknowledge the hard working and dedicated men and women of the Transit Police who day in and day out dedicate themselves to our mission to ensure a safe transit environment.” Through our crime reduction strategies, public awareness campaigns and most importantly our invaluable partnerships with MBTA employees and our community groups, we hope to continue this downward trend.”
Cell phone theft continues to be an issue, not only here, but throughout the country. We are committed to reduce robberies on the MBTA and have made numerous arrests for this crime. However, riders are reminded to protect their phones, particularly when seated or standing near open train doors and when leaving the train. There are also a number of apps that can be downloaded to allow phones to be tracked should a theft take place. Owners of smart phones should record the serial numbers and use passwords to protect access to their data. In the event of a theft, notify police immediately by contacting a station official or by using an emergency call box which are located on trains and in stations.
Even though there has been a significant reduction in Part I crimes, Chief MacMillan stated, “We completely understand that for the victim, one crime is too many and we will remain committed to reduce crime on the MBTA.”
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