Top 10 Metro Stations Where Most Crimes were Committed from Jan. – Aug. 2013

Top 10 Most Crime All Stations

Here are the result of the WMATA Quarterly Crime Report:

“The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) October Board Safety and Security Committee Report publicly communicates security-related information which occurred during January through August 2013.

The program identifies eight common Part I Crimes, murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and arson, and two additional crimes involving human trafficking
(commercial sex acts and involuntary servitude), to be considered indicators of the level of crime occurring in jurisdictions. Reports of Part I Crimes have been consistently reported to our customers for many years.

Overall Part I crimes against property increased by 6.8% in 2013 attributed to an increase in the thefts of cell phones and bicycles. ”

You can read the full report here.

Top 10 Most Crime DC Stations

Maryland and Virginia Stations after the jump.

Top 10 Most Crime Maryland Stations

Top 10 Most Crime Virginia Stations

55 Comment

  • Top 5 are no surprise at all.

  • justinbc

    Wow, I wonder if this will have any impact on the booming Brookland real estate market. (I doubt it, personally.)

  • I was surprised to see Brookland as the number one. Seems odd, and a little concerning, to me. That station can’t get that much traffic, can it? Therefore the crime statistic carries more impact for me. Frightening to be sure.

    • Ditto. I was really surprised that Brookland has the most. I don’t live in that ‘hood, but it always seems like such a safe and quiet area. Perhaps a resident can explain why the perception doesn’t meet the reality.

      • Prince Of Petworth

        You can follow the Brookland yahoo listserve and/or MPD5D listserv and unfortunately you will see a fair amount crime in and around the Brookland metro.

        • justinbc

          I’ve only ever gotten off at that Metro stop to return equipment to Comcast. I honestly had no idea where I was going, and the street signs are very difficult to see from where you get off, but the random folks waiting outside were quite friendly to me! 🙂

          • Hah seriously, Comcast should just install permanent signs leading from the metro to their office. “COMCAST, THIS WAY” so you don’t end up wandering around like a dolt with no smartphone (like me.)

      • Not a resident, but there’s quite a bit of low-income housing around the metro station. As poor folks are pushed out of mid-city, they have to go somewhere.

        • I am a resident and a daily bus and metro rider. The previous comment makes no sense. Brookland has a Bus bay immediately outside the station and a parking lot. If wmata stats include the whole property, that might influence the number.

    • The lack of significant foot traffic at Brookland is precisely why there is plenty of opportunity for crime to happen…..that along with the high probability of catholic U millennials cluelessly walking around with iPhone in hand and headphones in ears.

  • Went to CUA for undergrad, it was always sketch, dimly lit and no sign of a police presence on either side. Mind you I went when those condos/townhomes weren’t being built and it was just a rundown/closed Pizza hut.

  • Vienna? That seems very out of place for the list….but I’ve never been there. Still, Vienna?

  • Wow, considering the realtivly low usage of the Brookland station, the fact that it takes the prize in actual gross numbers is astounding.

    Ave weekday Boardings Brookland Station: 6,600
    Ave weekday Boardings Gallery Place: 26,000

    Gallery place has 4 times the number of boardings every day, yet has 25% more crime.

  • Ugh, statistics not scaled by rider volume. So amateur.

    • And amateur to think that scaling statistics by volume would give anyone any further insight. As mentioned earlier, there are many factors to consider.

      • still a lot of crime.

      • ….amateur to think that scaling statistics by volume would give anyone any further insight.

        Are you kidding me? Ever heard of per capita? It’s silly to publish statistics without any sort of baseline (in this case, rider volume).

      • Not kidding you, and I’m not trying to get into a whole thing here- but ceterus paribus, would prompt any non-amateur to look futher than scaled per rider numbers.

        Rider volume may make a difference if comparing *platform* crimes. But with the variety of stations, uses, neighborhoods, wmata jurisdictions, etc., without having any further data, it’s difficult to say anything about the data.

        It would be nice if the data were broken down futher by type of crime. How many of the crimes were bike thefts, or harassment, or auto break-ins from the parking lot?
        And for all of these reasons, it’s all amateur hour. And their assertion was amateur. But I’ll keep this top ten list with me while I travel in the metro system to let me know the best stations to “get my crime on.”

        In any case, I’m sure that wmata has the data I’m looking for, and are taking appropriate steps to combat the problem.

        • Like it or not, when organizations release these sorts of lists and reports, people inevitably take it personally…they say to themselves: what station should I stay away from so I don’t become a victim? To accurately represent that concept, i.e. the chance that one person riding would be a victim, the analyst should have (AT LEAST) scaled by rider volume to get a baseline concept of crime frequency. I’m not saying that is the only adjustment needed for the data — neighborhood density/neighboring crime and police presence are a few that should have been considered. My main point is that a “Top Ten” lists like this one is lazy and disingenuous. I’m not sure what purpose this serves being released to the public as it stands.

        • Not to be snarky, but if you take the time to open the report, you can see there were 303 cases of bike theft, 53 attempted cases of auto theft, and 98 car break ins.

          Granted, we could probably get a better report from a high school statistics class. But considering it’s coming from WMATA, is anyone really surprised?

  • Not completely surprising about Brookland, unfortunately. Low police presence, lots of low-income and transitional housing, and an “alternative” high school close to the station. Also, despite the overall low traffic numbers, this station sees traffic all day because of the students and workers at the nearby hospitals. Lots of soft targets, unfortunately. So while during normal peak hours it seems safe, I’ve been through this station during off-peak hours and it definitely felt a little shaky. As a resident, I hope that the new development will invite more foot traffic and investment and make things less appealing to would-be criminals!

  • There still was a lot of physical crime at the Brookland station, but when hearing the story on the news, they noted that a good portion was iPhone and bicycle thefts. I bet the lists would be different if they only counted violent crimes (or whatever the correct term is) During grand jury duty we had a lot of major crimes around Anacostia / Naylor Road / Rhode Island metros

  • The first three Metro stations on the list all have parking lots, as does Vienna, and I’m sure car break-ins are what leads these to be on the top.

  • Are these reported crimes? Because wouldn’t it make a difference if people didn’t report it, station managers weren’t reporting them/helping the police, etc. ? Perhaps some of these stations have better report stats

  • Have to say I’m surprised Columbia Hts didn’t make the list.

  • All I’m saying is that your AT LEAST is not good enough. For example, two metro stations: 1 crime per 10 riders, vs 1 crime per 100 riders.
    Good to know that my bike will be safer at the second station.
    Until you get there and the second station doesn’t have a bike rack.
    See what I mean? Anyway, i agree with most of what you said other than your main point.

  • The crime map for the District was featured only about one week ago, on this very blog lol. Most of the crime in Brookland is vehicle related. I’m not sure that makes it any better, but it just seemed like car theft was the biggest problem in that area.

  • How is Columbia Heights #7 with 33 on “All Metrorail Stations 2013 January – August” but not even on the list for “District of Columbia 2013 January – August?”

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