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Crime jumped 32% on Metro Transit trains, buses in 2023

Reported crimes aboard Metro Transit trains and buses increased 32% in 2023 over the previous year, the agency announced Monday. But officials say that a beefed-up presence of police, community service officers, security guards and others throughout the transit system is starting to pay off.

"Metro Transit has a lot to be happy about, especially in the year 2023," said Metro Transit Police Chief Ernest Morales III in a news conference Monday. But, he added, "We need people to return; we're safer in numbers. We're now showing more of a human presence there."

Crime in the system peaked in January 2023 and declined through most of the year, Morales said, a trend that indicates the gains made are stabilizing the system.


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