Police prep for potential uptick in crime near future Silver Line stations

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WJLA) - With Metro set to open the new Silver Line on July 26, the long-awaited trains should improve public transit in Western Fairfax County.

But, there's concern it could bring increased crime with it.

As Metro was busy completing construction on the stations, Fairfax County police were preparing for what the arrival of Metro would mean for Tysons. Authorities expect an uptick in property and nuisance crimes with Metro coming, but hopefully not robberies and assaults.

Second Lt. Charles Riddle heads the Tysons Urban Team, a nine-person crew created last November to adapt to the rapid growth and urbanization of Tysons Corner, with a focus on the Silver Line.

"We're focused on retail crime," he said. "Being a visible deterrent as well as trying to do enforcement, operating in plainclothes where we can actually catch people committing crimes."

Officers have been studying techniques in already urbanized areas, and will have a strong presence in cars, on bikes, and on foot.

People in Tysons Corner have different reasons why they're excited for the Silver Line, but it seems unanimous that they're excited.

Marcia Hermann of Reston anticipates big benefits and few problems with the opening of one station in Reston and four in Tysons.

"Hopefully we won't have crime but I guess you never know," she says.