Metro Crime Highest In Five Years | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Metro Crime Highest In Five Years

Play associated audio

Metro's board of directors will get a closer look Thursday at the crime plaguing stations.

Branch Avenue, the last stop on the Green Line, is among a number of stations topping the list for the most crimes reported in 2010 across the Metro transit system. It's where Michael Hauz boards the train.

"It's not that surprising. It's a busy place a lot of people go through. It's a commuter station," he says.

New Carrollton and Greenbelt also ranked as stations where crime frequently occurs, but the problem exists throughout the transit system. Metro reported a total of more than 2,200 assaults, rapes and robberies last year -- the highest number reported in five years.

Transit police say they have seen a spike in aggravated assaults. Metro officials say a majority of those incidents involved its own bus drivers who had confrontations with passengers. Police say they've also seen a rise in robberies.

NPR

Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.
NPR

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.
NPR

Donald Trump Controversy Highlights Influence Of Hispanics In U.S.

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, about Republican presidential candidate Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants.
NPR

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.