Metro says crime is down. Surprised?


(Robert Thomson/The Washington Post)

Metro said Thursday that overall crime on its system is down 31 percent for the first quarter of 2014.

The transit agency said crime is down in several areas, including robberies, electronic devices thefts and bike thefts.

According to their latest round of stats, the electronic devices theft is down 42 percent in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year. Bike thefts dropped to 20 in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 45 during the same time period a year earlier.

The crime stats are only a snapshot of several months worth of data, and the first quarter of this year has had plenty of quirks, with an especially cold winter that could affect crime levels.

And it does seem surprising that theft of electronic devices is down, given that Metro said in its annual report that was released two months ago that electronic device thefts were up compared to the year before. My colleague Paul Duggan, who covers Metro, reported here on that crime report.

Metro’s chief spokesman Dan Stessel said in an e-mail that the lower crime was due in part to riders being “smarter with electronic devices” and using U-locks on bikes.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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