Officials: Crime Drops on CTA Buses, Trains

Some commuters accuse officials of fudging the numbers to give a false impression of progress

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    Thefts and robberies on Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains dropped more than 34 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same time period in 2013. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

    Thefts and robberies on Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains dropped more than 34 percent in the first half of the year compared to the same time period in 2013, the mayor and transit officials announced Tuesday.

    The reported drop is attributed to increased patrols and the vast network of more than 23,000 surveillance cameras.

    Some commuters, however, like Jedi Diah, accused officials of fudging the numbers to give a false impression of progress.

    "Seeing as how I was -- crime was committed against me -- and come to find out that it was actually downgraded just so it could, kind of, you know, it looks nicer that way, I guess," said Diah.

    High Tech Cameras Help Combat CTA Crime High Tech Cameras Help Combat CTA Crime Every CTA train is now outfitted with 360-degree HD cameras that provide better quality coverage and help to solve crimes. Rob Elgas reports.

    The announcement comes nearly two weeks after multiple passengers on a downtown-bound Orange Line car were robbed during the evening commute. Two men were charged with the crime.






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