Table 2-34: Reports of Violent Crime, Property Crime, and Arrests by Transit Mode

Table 2-34: Reports of Violent Crime, Property Crime, and Arrests by Transit Mode

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  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Reported offenses, violent crime          
Homicidea 19 20 19 51 21
Motor bus 8 9 6 40 7
Commuter rail 1 1 4 1 3
Demand responsive 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy rail 8 9 8 6 11
Light rail 2 1 1 4 0
Otherb 0 0 0 0 0
Forcible rapec 29 38 31 47 27
Motor bus 11 13 10 16 14
Commuter rail 5 4 7 1 3
Demand responsive 0 0 2 4 1
Heavy rail 13 19 8 24 8
Light rail 0 2 4 2 0
Otherb 0 0 0 0 1
Robberyd 2,811 4,563 4,760 3,684 3,789
Motor bus 909 871 870 605 764
Commuter rail 181 242 187 133 183
Demand responsive 1 3 0 1 3
Heavy rail 1,490 3,164 3,394 2,686 2,588
Light rail 181 238 222 220 200
Otherb 49 45 87 39 51
Aggravated assaulte 2,701 3,084 3,105 2,314 2,448
Motor bus 1,941 1,677 1,294 1,186 1,268
Commuter rail 133 69 92 80 97
Demand responsive 6 13 13 13 14
Heavy rail 437 1,074 1,051 837 903
Light rail 157 199 143 170 135
Otherb 27 52 512 28 31
Reported offenses, property crime          
Theftf 10,596 13,238 14,486 11,830 12,896
Motor bus 2,738 3,408 2,920 2,327 2,487
Commuter rail 2,238 2,262 2,345 2,021 1,872
Demand responsive 2 8 40 15 4
Heavy rail 4,625 6,794 8,321 6,807 7,789
Light rail 451 609 479 496 530
Otherb 542 157 381 164 214
Vehicle theftg 2,182 2,261 2,276 2,225 1,876
Motor bus 263 306 198 208 198
Commuter rail 253 125 262 470 272
Demand responsive 0 1 3 9 28
Heavy rail 1,536 1,694 1,630 1,234 1,203
Light rail 128 135 179 273 156
Otherb 2 0 4 31 19
Burglaryh 1,759 1,650 1,757 491 415
Motor bus 156 104 94 75 86
Commuter rail 178 177 260 217 170
Demand responsive 2 0 4 3 1
Heavy rail 1,367 1,278 1,343 110 91
Light rail 43 78 48 70 42
Otherb 13 13 8 16 25
Arsoni 63 96 75 60 53
Motor bus 29 67 33 21 15
Commuter rail 14 1 21 10 12
Demand responsive 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy rail 14 22 16 27 20
Light rail 6 6 5 2 6
Otherb 0 0 0 0 0
Reported offenses, arrests          
Other assaultsj 2,991 3,088 2,697 2,787 2,641
Motor bus 1,896 1,571 1,439 1,400 1,217
Commuter rail 144 106 140 122 164
Demand responsive 4 0 16 3 4
Heavy rail 645 932 881 898 888
Light rail 181 330 195 282 269
Otherb 121 149 26 82 99
Vandalismk 17,228 8,627 9,539 6,571 6,895
Motor bus 13,343 6,167 5,262 3,656 4,178
Commuter rail 1,071 309 659 778 507
Demand responsive 12 17 8 10 16
Heavy rail 1,157 1,339 1,128 1,067 1,222
Light rail 1,505 609 2,084 947 892
Otherb 140 186 398 113 80
Sex offensesl 664 803 1,047 962 1,009
Motor bus 242 260 363 258 321
Commuter rail 100 41 82 91 85
Demand responsive 5 0 6 2 5
Heavy rail 249 430 517 541 515
Light rail 59 71 79 68 80
Otherb 9 1 0 2 3
Drug abuse violationsm 2,578 3,944 4,355 3,792 4,131
Motor bus 1,037 2,122 1,970 1,414 1,705
Commuter rail 303 393 477 495 303
Demand responsive 1 0 15 21 8
Heavy rail 1,078 1,130 1,530 1,550 1,606
Light rail 151 298 336 271 501
Otherb 8 1 27 41 8
Driving under the influencen 466 129 205 176 204
Motor bus 91 82 101 101 132
Commuter rail 26 21 22 21 12
Demand responsive 0 0 1 4 0
Heavy rail 52 8 22 21 42
Light rail 292 16 31 21 15
Otherb 5 2 28 8 3
Drunkennesso 10,479 6,921 8,632 12,643 11,487
Motor bus 6,457 3,936 5,346 3,046 3,609
Commuter rail 71 23 226 156 112
Demand responsive 2 2 46 34 2
Heavy rail 1,511 1,617 1,601 7,340 5,831
Light rail 2,255 1,305 1,258 1,844 1,913
Otherb 183 38 155 223 20
Disorderly conductp 22,206 26,178 25,325 15,897 15,971
Motor bus 4,681 5,025 6,978 4,521 5,471
Commuter rail 810 1,085 1,399 1,525 797
Demand responsive 5 8 47 5 5
Heavy rail 15,258 19,183 15,309 8,227 7,856
Light rail 1,164 800 1,177 1,408 1,767
Otherb 288 77 415 211 75
Trespassingq 3,362 3,497 7,444 6,049 3,670
Motor bus 928 604 1,225 1,283 1,065
Commuter rail 845 674 4,150 2,850 1,080
Demand responsive 0 0 2 2 0
Heavy rail 1,155 1,208 1,398 1,254 1,044
Light rail 400 653 463 443 436
Otherb 34 358 206 217 45
Fare evasionr 33,903 47,873 53,406 58,856 55,194
Motor bus 3,172 2,372 1,819 1,694 2,388
Commuter rail 140 334 310 204 167
Demand responsive 1 1 2 5 1
Heavy rail 8,247 39,957 46,106 40,350 35,033
Light rail 22,212 1,185 912 12,798 17,320
Otherb 131 4,024 4,257 3,805 285
Curfew and loitering lawss 1,878 872 1,960 1,161 3,022
Motor bus 1,201 241 1,112 291 495
Commuter rail 19 27 223 72 172
Demand responsive 0 1 5 0 0
Heavy rail 462 493 530 680 1,789
Light rail 161 95 80 106 509
Otherb 35 15 10 12 57

a The killing of one or more human beings by another. This includes murder, non-negligent manslaughter, and manslaughter by negligence.

b Other transit mode includes automated guideway, cable car, ferryboat, trolleybus, vanpool, monorail, and inclined plane.

c The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will. This includes assault to rape or attempt to rape.

d The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear. The use or threat of force includes firearms, knives or cutting instruments, other dangerous weapons (clubs, acid, explosives), and strong-arm techniques (hands, fists, feet).

e An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm.

f The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another. This includes pocket-picking, purse-snatching, shoplifting, thefts from motor vehicles, thefts of motor vehicle parts and accessories, theft of bicycles, theft from buildings, theft from coin-operated devices or machines, and all other theft not specifically classified.

g The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle is a self-propelled vehicle that runs on the surface of land and not on rails. Examples of motor vehicles are automobiles, trucks, buses, motor cycles, and motor scooters.

h The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. This includes offenses known locally as burglary (any degree), unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony, breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny, housebreaking, safe-cracking, and all attempts at these offenses.

i To unlawfully and intentionally damage, or attempt to damage, any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device.

j An unlawful attack or attempt by one person upon another where no weapon was used or which did not result in serious or aggravated injury to the victim. This includes simple assault, minor assault, assault and battery, injury by culpable negligence, intimidation, coercion, hazing, and all attempts to commit these offenses.

k The willful or malicious destruction, injury, disfigurement, or defacement of any public or private property, real or personal, without consent of the owner or person having custody or control by cutting, tearing, breaking, marking, painting, drawing, covering with filth, or any other such means as may be specified by local law.

l Any sexual acts except forcible rape, prostitution, and commercialized vice. This includes offenses against chastity, common decency, morals, and the like, such as: adultery and fornication, buggery, incest, indecent exposure, indecent liberties, seduction, sodomy or crime against nature, statutory rape (no force), and all attempts to commit any of the above.

m Arrests requested based on the narcotics used. This includes all arrests for violations of state and local laws, specifically those relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs.

n The driving or operating of any vehicle or common carrier while drunk or under the influence of liquor or narcotics.

o Arrests for all offenses of drunkenness, which is the consumption of alcoholic beverages to the extent that ones mental faculties and physical coordination are substantially impaired. This includes drunkenness, drunk and disorderly, common or habitual drunkard, and intoxication.

p All charges of committing a breach of the peace. This includes, affray; unlawful assembly; disturbing the peace; disturbing meetings; disorderly conduct in state institutions, at court, at fairs, on trains or public conveyances, etc.; blasphemy, profanity, and obscene language; desecrating the flag; refusing to assist an officer; and all attempts to commit any of the above.

q To unlawfully enter land, a dwelling, or other real property.

r The unlawful use of transit facilities by riding without paying the applicable fare.

s All arrests for violations of local curfew or loitering ordinances where such laws exist.

NOTES: Data are from transit agencies in urbanized areas over 200,000 population and include patrons, employees, and others.

The figures for violent and property crime follow the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook, (Washington, DC: 1984) and are based on records of calls for service, complaints, and/or investigations. These figures are for reported offenses and do not reflect the findings of a court, coroner, jury, or decision of a prosecutor.

Security data was first reported to the Federal Transit Administration in 1995 and were not compiled for earlier years.

SOURCE: 1995: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, Data Tables, Internet site http://www.fta.dot.gov/fta/library/reference/sec15/1995/htm/ as of May 2, 2000, tables 23-25.

1996-97: Ibid., Internet site http://www.ntdprogram.com/NTD/NTDData.nsf/Data+Tables/OpenView as of May 2, 2000, tables 23-25.

1998: Ibid., tables 24-26.

1999: Ibid., tables 25-27.