Robberies And Violent Crime Down On BART, Assaults And Arrests Up

May 23, 2018 10:00 am · 13 comments

Robberies and violent crimes are down so far this year on BART, but aggravated assaults and felony arrests are both up, according to data released by BART officials this morning.

A total of 137 violent crimes were reported on BART property from January through the end of April, down roughly 9 percent from 150 during the same timeframe last year.

There were 92 robberies reported, compared to 110 in 2017, dropping by more than 16 percent. Larceny and auto theft both dropped roughly 3 percent.

Aggravated assaults, however, increased from 34 to 43 — an increase of more than 26 percent — as are arrests.

Felony arrests have gone up 21 percent from 127 to 148, and misdemeanor arrests are up 5 percent from 390 to 410. BART officials say that last year’s numbers also reflect a 40 percent surge in arrests over the same
period in 2016.

Bart police Chief Carlos Rojas attributed the data, at least in part, to an aggressive hiring campaign that has added 22 officers to the force over the last 18 months.

The agency has five officer candidates currently in police academies, and they still hope to fill 30 vacant officer positions.

Rojas said the hiring campaign is an important part of BART’s plan to improve safety for passengers.

“Last year was our best for hiring since 2013 and we’re looking forward to building on that recruitment success,” Rojas said.

RELATED STORY: UPDATE: BART Employee Frustrated With Conditions At Concord BART Station

Original G May 23, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Quickest and most times the only way to ensure resolution to a problem with a government entity is thru public shaming and embarrassment.

How wonderful BART can so quickly ramp up it’s PR (public relations) machine to try and make themselves look good after being very correctly embarrassed.

An what are they going to do to ensure the whistle blower station agent is not Retaliated against ? ? ?

Pale Rider May 23, 2018 at 10:32 AM

So Assault isn’t a violent crime?

Nunya May 23, 2018 at 3:52 PM

Just what I was thinking!?

Mike May 24, 2018 at 1:52 AM

Assault is a threat or attempt to harm. Battery is the actual act of physically causing harm.

Shoulda Coulda May 23, 2018 at 10:42 AM

Please explain how an aggravated assault
is not counted as a violent crime.

WC Res May 23, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Is this supposed to make me feel better about BART? Not gonna happen.

Sign from Above May 23, 2018 at 11:33 AM

No. Simple Assault is not considered a “violent crime” under prop 57. Simple assault is only considered violent if it’s done in conjunction with any of the crimes listed under PC 220.

220. (a) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (b), any person who assaults another with intent to commit mayhem, rape, sodomy, oral copulation, or any violation of Section 264.1, 288, or 289 shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, four, or six years.

Californian’s voted this garbage in!

Palermo May 23, 2018 at 11:43 AM

My guess is it’s never been as dangerous as it is now, in the parking lots, in the elevators, in the station and most importantly on the trains

Po'd May 23, 2018 at 1:03 PM

The fact that they want to hire 30 more officers is an admission that there aren’t enough now. Something anyone who uses BART already knows.
Don’t forget that the BART police are constrained by the fallout of the Oscar Grant killing.
It’s not safe now. There’s going to continue to be homeless, junkies and career criminals using the service as there is little fear of getting caught.

anonymous May 23, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Thank you BART for making the effort. Anything helps!

Mr. Pink May 23, 2018 at 2:21 PM

That first sentence sounds like a contradiction.

Not_Buying_BART_Numbers May 23, 2018 at 3:28 PM

No shortage of transients at Concord this afternoon. Not buying BART’s statistics.

BoycottTheCircus May 23, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Any and everytime I ride Bart, I never see an officer out and about patrolling… Funny thing is, is they are paid well….. TO DISAPPEAR…

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: