Crime low at FB-GWU Metro

Less than 1 percent of robberies at Metro stations around D.C. occurred at the Foggy Bottom Metro last year, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority data show.

A total of 1,007 robberies took place at Metro stations in 2010, but only 10 of those incidents took place at the Foggy Bottom Metro station, according to data provided by Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.

In total, 27 crimes took place at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station in 2010, ranking it No. 51 out of 86 stations in terms of overall crime.

“Crime is very low at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station,” Taubenkibel said. “It accounts for only half of a percent for the entire system.”

Seven of the 10 robberies at the Foggy Bottom Metro involved electronic devices, Taubenkibel said. In 2009, the station was the site of four robberies, all of which were of electronic devices.

Taubenkibel said the most common Metro robberies involve someone who is sitting or standing near the doors with a visible electronic device – most commonly cell phones. When the train doors open, a suspect grabs the device from the rider’s hand and runs out as the train doors close, he said.

According to Metro data, 782 out of a total of 1,007 robberies that occurred on the Metro last year involved the theft of electronics. The number represents a spike from the 624 electronics-related robberies in 2009.

Metro Transit Police said in a release that riders should carry their electronics where they are not openly visible and remain alert of their surroundings. Riders should also avoid sitting or standing near doors if they are using an electronic device.

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