Metro crime: Violent crime down, thefts spike

There are some changes in what kind of crime is committed at Metro stations, and although violent crime is down, thefts have spiked, thanks in part to the technology that we all carry with us these days.

The smart phone, for some Metro riders, is a critical tool for professional and social interaction. Metro announced Friday quarterly figures that show crime is up system wide by 7-percent from January through September in comparison to last year, due primarily to theft or electronic devices.

Metro rider Christy Setzer says, like her purse, she keeps a watchful eye on her phone.

Crimes like car thefts and attempted car thefts are way down, from 207 to 67 dating back to 2008. Larcenies fell from 639 to 571 during that time, but robberies, which include snatch-and-grabs spiked from 429 to 749.

The Anacostia station, with 113 crimes this year, is the most dangerous Metro stop, followed by College Park and Gallery Place.

Metro officials are concerned enough that undercover teams are targeting smart phone thieves, leading to a number of arrests. In-station ads are also warning riders to be wary, especially while train doors are closing.