Last week I broke the story that thefts on the CTA in Chicago had surged by more than 30% in the first three months of the year. Today I'm revisiting that post to look at a few other crime stats from the first quarter.
And remember, these stats are only instructive, not indicative, of what 2010 may hold overall for crimes on the CTA.
Nine more assaults this year - up 13%. There were 70 assaults in Q1 2009 vs. 2010 with 79. The biggest growth was in assaults at bus stops -- none in 2009, and 10 in 2010. People were waiting longer at bus stops due to service cuts in February and March, so it makes me wonder if that was a factor.
Big jump in pick-pocket -- 26%. And the bulk of that huge surge was in pocket-picking on buses, with 44 in 2009 and 76 in 2010. People: Pay attention! Check out CTA's tips on avoiding pick-pockets.
Criminal damage to property takes big drop. Most other crime on the CTA was flat or dipped a bit. But there was a huge 43% dip in criminal damage to property. Damage to trains (57% down) and buses (47% down) accounted for the biggest portion of the crime drop. Interestingly, criminal damage at bus stops doubled, from 3 in 2009 to 6 this first quarter. That's a very small amount, but it bears watching over the year to see if people having to wait longer brings out more mischievousness.
Note: The post from last week has my spreadsheet detailing Chicago CTA crimes in all categories.