The recent proliferation of more than 23,000 surveillance cameras on CTA trains and buses is just one reason why serious crime is down 26 percent, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The new Series 5000 rail cars have seven cameras in every car, and the rest of the fleet of older cars has been retrofitted with cameras. This investment and crime deterrent no doubt led to the big drop in serious crimes on the CTA last year. The CTA saw the fewest serious crimes in 2014 than in the past four years:
- Robberies – down 34 percent
- Thefts – down 26 percent
- Serious crimes – down 26 percent
From the news release:
Across the rail system, overall serious personal and property crimes decreased 24 percent in 2014. Robberies on the rail system decreased 26 percent in 2014 to 210 and have declined each year since 2011. Robberies on trains fell 23 percent and 28 percent at stations and platforms. Thefts decreased across the rail system, with the number of incidents down 31 percent on trains and down 12 percent on platforms and at stations.
On buses, overall incidents of serious crimes dropped 30 percent in 2014. Robbery and theft decreased 48 percent and 29 percent, respectively, and are also at their lowest rates in the past four years.
The news release came just one week before the mayoral election on Feb. 24. It also came one day after a video surfaced of a gang a thugs beating a man on the southbound Red Line at about 47th Street on Sunday.
So yes, crime is down, but certainly not gone from the CTA.
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