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Sacramento Regional Transit Reports Crime Reduction In 2015


The number of robberies and thefts on the Sacramento Regional Transit system have decreased for the second year in a row. Sac RT says there were 60 reports last year compared to 67 the year before and 92 in 2013.

Sacramento Police Captain Norm Leong says last year  Regional Transit increased spending on security.

"There's been a lot of education piece with riders, we've been partnering with other agencies in the jurisdiction to be on the system, be familiar with how to ride the system for visibility, we've done a lot more undercover operation where our officers are on the system plainclothes."

Leong says Sac RT is planning to launch a smart phone application for riders to easily report crime.

"We still have to deal with nuisance behavior -the loud music, the arguments that happen that make people feel unsafe on the system. We have to increase our fare inspections on the trains, increase the presence of RT personnel so that when people are alone and riding they don't feel vulnerable."

Leong says Sac RT does not have a dispatch system with software to track all types of crime.

But, it is in talks with the Sacramento and Folsom Police Departments to work together more to prevent crime.

Sac RT plans to open a crime prevention facility this summer that would allow police agencies and transit security to share space.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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