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Fewer crimes reported by TriMet riders, but crimes increase against employees

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Crimes reported by TriMet users dropped more than 40 percent in 2015, however a new report shows that crimes against employees increased for the year.

On Wednesday, TriMet said there were 259 reported crimes onboard buses and trains, and at stops and stations last year, along with 107 vehicle crimes reported at Park & Ride locations.  

Theft was the highest reported crime, with 132 incidents in 2015. That number was down from 275 theft reports in 2014.

TriMet credited a more targeted deployment of officers and resources, as well as riders keeping a closer eye on their belongings.

Last year TriMet added a crime analyst to the transit police ranks. That allowed transit police to more quickly identify trends and shift strategies, putting officers on the system in locations and at days and times where incidents were most reported.

Four bus lines experienced more than 10 reported crimes in 2015. They were Line 72-Killingsworth/82nd Avenue with 18; Line 4-Division/Fessenden with 15; Line 12-Barbur/Sandy Boulevard with 13; and Line 57-TV Highway/Forest Grove with 12.

While reported crimes against customers were down for the year, there were 41 crimes against TriMet employees. That's up from 28 in 2014.

The agency reported Wednesday that the crimes were committed against operators, supervisors, transit police officers and other TriMet employees.

Aggravated assaults and harassment or menacing of employees made up 29 of the complaints. There were only eight such reports in 2014.

Seventeen of the incidents involved bus operators.

"Our frontline employees work hard every day providing a vital service to our community and they should be treated with common courtesy," said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. "I have tasked our Transit Police Division and Executive Director (Harry) Saporta with exploring what else can be done to protect our frontline employees."

TriMet urges riders who see something concerning to report it to a TriMet employee or police.

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