Crime is Down! (sometimes)
- Overall crime across the CTA dropped by 25 percent in 2015, officials announced Wednesday.
In 2014, the Chicago Transit Authority reported 4,691 criminal incidents on buses, trains, rail stations, parking garages and rail platforms. In 2015, that number dropped to 3,512.
Crime on the transit system has dropped nearly 50 percent over the last four years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference during the Wednesday morning commute at the Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station.
The media never specifies "reported" crime. Because when stories like this one pop up, it kind of jars the narrative:
- A group of people trashed a Downtown 7-Eleven before brutally attacking a CTA passenger with a hammer, prosecutors said Friday.
The CTA victim, who'd been riding the Blue Line to work, suffered a broken orbital bone and may have permanent vision loss, Cook County prosecutors said during a bond hearing Friday.
Police arrested six suspects early Wednesday, including a man who's wanted for allegedly raping and robbing a man with cerebral palsy in Grant Park on Feb. 2.
These criminals aren't riding the CTA because they feel like they're going to get busted. They're riding the rails because they know there is no police presence, and the likelihood of them ever getting caught is minuscule.