BART PD reports drop in crime rate for second straight month

03.12.20

BART PD reports drop in crime rate for second straight month

Newly released numbers from the BART Police Department show BART’s overall crime rate for the first two months of 2020 is down 7% compared with January and February of last year.  Over that same time violent crime is down 16%.

A big reason behind the recent decline in BART’s crime rate is a drop in the number of cellphone thefts.  There were only 43 snatch-and-run cellphone thefts systemwide in February.  That’s the lowest monthly total for snatch-and-run electronic item thefts since May 2018.

The decrease in the crime rate comes after BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez launched a new patrol team in January comprised of a dozen officers who are exclusively focused on walking trains.  Also, in February BART launched its pilot ambassador program to increase the presence of uniformed personnel on trains.  The ten unarmed ambassadors walk trains in teams of two, seven days a week from 2 pm to midnight.

You can see all the latest Part 1 crime numbers in the chart below.

crime data