D.C. Metro transit police cut theft numbers

Posted on December 8, 2011

With nearly 50 arrests in November, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Transit Police Department’s new Crime Suppression Teams are making an impact, according to the agency.

The Crime Suppression Team program was launched in late October with team members targeting bicycle thefts and snatch robberies. Using decoy bicycles and electronic devices, plain clothes officers make immediate arrests as thefts and robberies occur on the Metro system.

In November, the Crime Suppression Team recorded 47 arrests for snatch robberies and bicycle theft. In addition, team members have made separate arrests for assault, drug and weapons possession.

“During the holiday season we traditionally see an increase in robberies. Our Crime Suppression Team has been doing a great job in addressing robberies and keeping our customers safe,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn. “But we need our customers to do their part too. High-end electronics like smart phones and tablets are attractive to thieves. Don’t make it easy for thieves to take them out of your hands.”

Chief Taborn emphasized the importance of remaining aware and alert at all times, and keeping electronic devices and other valuables where they are not easily seen or reached. Customers who are using their electronic devices also are encouraged to avoid sitting or standing near train or bus doors as thieves often snatch a victim’s property and exit the train or bus as the doors are closing.

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