The Vienna Metro station made the top 10 list of all Metrorail stations throughout the D.C. region where the most crimes have been committed so far this year, according to a new Metro report .
According to a Metro Transit Police Department Security Report made public Oct. 10, the Vienna Metro station is listed as number 10 on the list of Metro stations with the most “Part 1” crimes among all of all 86 stations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Part 1 crimes include homicide, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and arson, according to WMATA spokesman Philip Stewart.
With 28 total Part 1 crimes reported from January through August, 2013, Vienna is tied overall with the West Hyattsville station in Maryland--isted as number nine on the list--and as number one in Virginia. It is followed by West Falls Church with 19, and Dunn Loring with 15, rounding out the top three Virginia stations with the most Part 1 crimes reported.
“Vienna had 19 bicycle thefts outlined in the report, making up the majority of crimes reported there” said Stewart. “Overall, 59 percent of all Part 1 crimes in the Metro system involved the theft of a cell phone or bicycle. Bicycle thefts increased 50 percent, from 202 in 2012 to 303 this year.”
Other Part 1 crimes included in the 28 Part 1 crime incidents reported at the Vienna station are thefts from vehicles (2), thefts of vehicles (3), and armed robbery (1). “Other” thefts and attempted thefts made up the remaining three Part 1 crimes reported at the Vienna station.
Overall, according to the safety report, in the first eight months of 2013, there were 1,432 Part I crimes reported throughout the entire Metro system; an increase of 9.8 percent over 2012 for the same period of time.
“Overall Part I crimes against property increased by 6.8 percent in 2013 attributed to an increase in the thefts of cell phones and bicycles,” the report states. “Theft snatch of cell phones has been described as ‘rampant’, not only in the Metro system, but is considered a national problem in all urban areas. From January through August there have been 450 theft snatches (up 37 percent) in the Metro system, including bus and rail.”
From January through August 2013, there were also a total of 71 reports of sexual harassment systemwide, according to the safety report.