Metro Vancouver Transit Police say your transit commute is getting safer.
“When we suggest that there’s less likelihood that you’d be involved in a crime, that’s because the crime rate is down and the number of passengers using the system are up.”
Spokesperson Anne Drennan says new statistics comparing 2015 to 2016 show “crimes against persons” on the transit system are down eight per cent.
“Crimes against property” over the same time are down six-per cent.
“This quite naturally means then that you as a passenger are less likely to be the target of property crime or crime against your person,” she says.
Drennan says a new policing style is getting some of the credit.
“We have what we call hub policing now, where we have neighborhood police officers established at hubs which are the busiest stations across the system… [they’re] responsible for that station and the area surrounding it getting to know the businesses, the people in the area the chronic offenders in that particular area that kind of thing.”
At the same time, Drennan says only about 25 per cent of all calls transit police attend deal with crimes.
She also says ridership over the same time period is up by 11 per cent.