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TransLink launching anti-harassment app

In the final stages of testing, the app will offer a menu of security features, including texting for help and summaries of crimes around particular stations. This is the transit police force’s top priority this year, as it struggles with numerous incidents of sexual harassment.

TriMet police reduce smartphone thefts

After a sharp increase in smartphone snatches last April and May, transit police increased patrols, conducted undercover missions, scoured agency security cameras and video and dedicated two officers to investigate the robberies.

5 TTC transit enforcement officers face criminal charges

An investigation culminated in the dismissal of eight TTC transit enforcement officers, five of whom were arrested and face charges of attempt to obstruct justice and fabricate evidence. The five officers allegedly submitted false offense tickets to individuals of no fixed address for panhandling on TTC property, loitering or trespassing.

U. of B.C. alumnus allegedly stole, sold U-Passes online

A former student has been charged with two counts of fraud for allegedly buying the passes from students and selling them for a profit on Craigslist. Charges could also be pressed against the students who sold their passes, police say.

S.F. Muni, police launch anti-theft campaign

Reminds riders that stations and vehicles are an extension of city streets and require the same level of vigilance. Recent targeting of smart phones and other high-end electronic devices by thieves are the focus of the 2,000-plus public service ads in place on Muni buses and light rail trains.