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LA Metro reports crime decrease

LA Metro attributes the reduced crime to safety and security measures.
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Crimes committed on Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (LA Metro) rail and bus systems declined 17 percent over the past five years, agency officials announced last week. 

Between 2015 and 2019, serious crimes fell nearly 23 percent and less serious crimes dropped nearly 11 percent across the system, LA Metro officials said in a press release.

Crime data revealed LA Metro’s safety and security measures helped to reduce crimes committed on the system, agency officials said. Those measures include a multiagency policing plan; shortened law enforcement response times; targeting specific crime trends and suspicious activity at stations; and security training to deter, detect and delay significant threats.

Overall, about 3.9 crimes were committed per million transit rides, a "relatively low number" consistent with other major transit agencies and the rate of crime associated with many local municipalities, LA Metro officials said.

Multiple law enforcement agencies that patrol the transit system reported the crime statistics to LA Metro. Those agencies include the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles and Long Beach police departments.