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BART arrests, electronics thefts jumped in 2017

Fare evasion incidents also increase; car, bike thefts down

Electronics thefts on BART jumped 52% last year despite a 40% increase in arrests compared to 2016, the transit agency reported.

There were 417 thefts of phones or other mobile devices last year, far above the 274 in 2016.

BART police said some thefts involved force or fear, so they're also considered violent crimes. Those increased by 24%, from 279 in 2016 to 347 in 2017.

The agency said it is combating the crimes by using multiple high-quality surveillance cameras on trains.

"The word is getting out that BART is not a soft target for these thieves," BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said in a statement. "If you take someone's phone, we have the tools to find you."

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BART attributed a surge in arrests to the increased policing of crimes like fare evasion.

The agency cited or warned 8,223 people who did not pay for tickets in 2017, 88% above the 4,382 in 2016.

Auto thefts have decreased, however, and BART police reported a 13% drop in stolen cars throughout approximately 47,000 BART parking spots. Bike thefts have also gone down by 18%.

Rojas said the agency is in the process of hiring more police officers. The department hired 16 people in 2017.

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BART arrests, electronics thefts jumped in 2017

Fare evasion incidents also increase; car, bike thefts down

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Electronics thefts on BART jumped 52% last year despite a 40% increase in arrests compared to 2016, the transit agency reported.

There were 417 thefts of phones or other mobile devices last year, far above the 274 in 2016.

BART police said some thefts involved force or fear, so they're also considered violent crimes. Those increased by 24%, from 279 in 2016 to 347 in 2017.

The agency said it is combating the crimes by using multiple high-quality surveillance cameras on trains.

"The word is getting out that BART is not a soft target for these thieves," BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said in a statement. "If you take someone's phone, we have the tools to find you."

BART attributed a surge in arrests to the increased policing of crimes like fare evasion.

The agency cited or warned 8,223 people who did not pay for tickets in 2017, 88% above the 4,382 in 2016.

Auto thefts have decreased, however, and BART police reported a 13% drop in stolen cars throughout approximately 47,000 BART parking spots. Bike thefts have also gone down by 18%.

Rojas said the agency is in the process of hiring more police officers. The department hired 16 people in 2017.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Juvenile Institutional Officer
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2018 at 10:12 am
Juvenile Institutional Officer, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2018 at 10:12 am

Until BART takes the high crime rate more seriously and hires substantially more officers to patrol trains, platforms, parking, etc, it continues to be open season on innocent victims, and I won't be using BART, and I'll continue spreading the word to everyone I know to avoid this crime trap.


No Police watch no Bart
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2018 at 11:14 am
No Police watch no Bart, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2018 at 11:14 am

I have always used Bart, without fear...I was not afraid to ride even late at night, ALONE
Now I will not ride at noon or any other time..
Bart is not safe, until you spend money on safety and take care of riders with protection in each car...!!!!


NO POLICE protection~~~~NO BART


Flightops
Registered user
Downtown
on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:29 pm
Flightops, Downtown
Registered user
on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:29 pm

More Bart officers actually on the trains and in the stations and less driving around in their SUV’s. Still wondering what happened to that $200K + janitor that was hiding in the cleaning closets, that news story faded away real quick!! No Bart for me till they are made safer and cleaner, still won’t vote on any bond money for these clowns until they replace the entire Bart board.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:45 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Apr 7, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Something needs to be done about BART. So many other cities have much safer, cleaner, and cheaper trains.

BART is a disgrace.


Billie
Amador Estates
on Apr 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm
Billie, Amador Estates
on Apr 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

It’s not just BART. The whole state is. Dumpster fire. Roads crummy, infrastructure falling apart, crime ,poor schools but hey we have the illegals, homeless, and sanctuary cities.


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 7, 2018 at 8:29 pm
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Apr 7, 2018 at 8:29 pm

....and pensions to fund


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