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Metro says thefts of devices are down 42 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the same period a year ago, and overall crime is down 31 percent.
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Metro says thefts of devices are down 42 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the same period a year ago, and overall crime is down 31 percent.

Crime is dropping on Metro, according to new numbers.

Maybe because of alert riders like Michelle Massie, Metro is reporting a big drop in thefts of electronic devices. On the Red Line recently, Massie looked like an easy target if someone wanted to grab her iPhone out of her hand. But appearances can be deceptive.

"I keep a pretty death-tight grip on my phone," Massie says. "And I never use it near the doors. I never pull it out on the platform. When I sit on Metro I sit in the middle of the car and I pay attention to who is around me."

Metro says thefts of devices are down 42 percent in the first three months of the year compared to the same period a year ago. So many devices were being snatched from passengers' hands that Metro launched a public education campaign and deployed undercover officers.

Overall crime is down 31 percent. Bicycle thefts, robberies, and aggravated assaults all decreased.

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