The Washington Examiner newspaper last week reported that Washington, DC’s Metro system reported more crimes (per trip) than the five other big city transit agencies: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.
Who was in second place? Us.
From the Examiner:
Per Million Rides
Philadelphia’s SEPTA*: 4.50
Atlanta’s MARTA: 3.20
Boston’s MBTA: 2.98
Los Angeles’ MTA: 2.55
New York City’s MTA**: 1.55
*SEPTA numbers are for its two subway lines, the only part of the network that the agency polices itself, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams.
** NYC’s MTA numbers do not include arson, auto theft or smaller scale thefts sometimes called petty larceny, per New York Police Department.
Did crime go up or down on SEPTA’s system?
And I am a little confused by the asterisk above. So, should we contact Philadelphia Police rather than SEPTA Police if there is an issue on Regional Rail, buses, or trolleys?
It seems like every year or so, reports emerge that someone(s) is stealing copper from SEPTA. And last week, the Inquirer reports it’s continuing to happen.
SEPTA is spending about $500,000 a year to repair and replace equipment damaged by scavengers, and two or three trains a month are delayed by power interruptions or signal failures caused by cut wires, Knueppel said.
Yikes. That’s a lot of dough. Even in a city were one in four people live under the federal poverty line, it’s an awfully dangerous hustle.
It’s good to see the Inquirer finding good interesting SEPTA stories to write about. I’ve previously complained about the typical boring SEPTA story that runs in the Inquirer. Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of a trend.
A SEPTA police officer was riding the Lansdale-Doylestown rail line when he spotted George Kwang Tai Kim taking photos of a slumbering female commuter on April 27 at about 10 a.m.
Tai Kim was taking photos of the legs of the commuter, who was wearing a red skirt, and also reaching downward with his camera, taking pictures up the unsuspecting woman’s skirt, the SEPTA officer told police.
NOTE: None of the fine gentlemen in the photo above are–presumably–the very creepy George Kwang Tai Kim.
Last Friday, cops arrested 18-year-old Timothy Williams and 23 year-old Steven Wiles, the West Philly guys who allegedly beat up a 22-year-old at the PATCO station at 8th & Market. The fight was captured on video by a witness. I’d embed the video here, but it’s pretty brutal. So if you really want to see it, you’ll have to click here.