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RT police report decrease in thefts on light-rail system in 2014

Riders of regional transit board a train at the 8th Street and O Street station on Tuesday, April 10, 2014.
Riders of regional transit board a train at the 8th Street and O Street station on Tuesday, April 10, 2014. jvillegas@sacbee.com

As Sacramento-area business leaders call for Sacramento Regional Transit to improve public safety on it’s light-rail system, Regional Transit police report that thefts, the most common crime complaint among patrons, decreased 25 percent in 2014.

During the past year, 69 thefts involving light-rail patrons occurred on trains or at stations, according to an RT Police Services news release. That was a 25 percent reduction from the 92 thefts reported during 2013. RT police also reported a 39 percent arrest rate in the thefts that occurred.

The lower crime numbers and the arrest clearance rate were partially attributed to the surveillance camera system that covers most of RT’s stations and all RT trains and buses. In addition, to the video surveillance, RT police have made changes in staffing of officers and guards to cover most of the system’s trains, especially on nights and weekends, officials said. Officers’ efforts to follow up on theft incidents has resulted in quicker identification of suspects, bringing crime sprees to an end sooner, they said.

RT police remind riders that electronics, such as phone and tablet devices, are the items most often stolen. To decrease the likelihood of be victimized, police advise riders to be aware of their surroundings, to use RT’s text tip line to report suspicious people and to secure valuables. Tips may submitted to RT police by texting to 67283 and beginning the message with “sacrt,” or by calling (916) 556-0275.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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