Security and Safety

Crimes on Chicago Transit Authority decreased 25% in 2015

Posted on January 27, 2016

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and CTA President Dorval Carter (center) making the announcement.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and CTA President Dorval Carter (center) making the announcement.

The total number of crimes on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) fell 25% during 2015, the fourth straight year that crimes have decreased on the system. Theft and robberies, the most common crimes, declined 19% and 22%, respectively, in 2015.

The CTA and the Chicago Police Department have deployed several strategies to fight crime on CTA buses, trains and at rail stations. Those include the expansion of the CTA’s extensive network of security cameras to more than 23,000, including multiple cameras on every CTA train and bus and at every CTA rail station. The City has also expanded police patrols, rail saturation missions and increased undercover operations.

Security camera images have significantly helped in identifying suspects and making arrests, and serve as a warning to would-be offenders. Last year, 256 individuals whose images were caught on CTA cameras were arrested for crimes committed on or near CTA property, an 8% increase over 2014. Those include a suspect who turned himself in voluntarily after police released images of him connected to an assault incident in December and the November arrest of a serial pickpocketer in at least 21 incidents between May and November.



Since 2011, the CTA has more than doubled the number of security cameras across the rail system, and undertaken a project to retrofit more than 250 older-series rail cars with interior cameras. All of the CTA’s newest 5000-series rail cars come equipped with cameras.

On CTA’s rail system, total crime fell 32% in 2015 from the previous year. Robberies dropped 19 percent while thefts fell 13% across trains, stations platforms and tracks. Total crimes on buses also declined by 32% in 2015. Robbery and theft decreased 31% and 36%, respectively, and are also at their lowest rates in the past four years.

Overall, serious crime (i.e. murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and battery, etc.) is very rare on CTA trains and buses, averaging seven incidents for every 10 million rides in 2015.

CTA also saw a significant drop — 72% — in the category of “fraud” or fare evasion — a result of the efforts CTA took last year to curtail the improper and unauthorized use of free- and reduced-fare ride cards.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Op/Ed: This Memorial Day Weekend, Let’s Resolve to Use Tech to Make Roads Safer

AAA estimates 34.6 million people will travel by car, the highest number on the road in over a decade this holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the risk of a highway crash causing serious injury or death is still a reality.

Metra to install inward-facing locomotive cameras

Congress in 2015 ordered the DOT to draft rules within two years to require passenger railroads to install inward-facing and outward-facing cameras in all locomotives and other operating compartments such as cab cars and Highliner cars.

MBTA bus operator stabbed by passenger

Police said the passengers detained the suspect until police arrived and took him into custody.

NJ Transit unveils plan to install 360-degree cameras on buses

The $29.1 million system will be installed in 2,500 new and existing buses to provide operators with a 360-degree field of vision around the bus that will help to eliminate blind spots and enhance pedestrian safety.

Canada seeking to mandate locomotive voice and video recorders

In November 2016, the Minister of Transport announced his intention to make the installation and use of LVVR mandatory, ensuring that the information could be used during accident investigations, while protecting the privacy of employees.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close