Vienna Metro: No. 3 Most Crime in Virginia

Vienna on the list of 10 most dangerous stations in WMATA security report released Monday.

The Vienna Metro station was ranked No. 3 on a top 10 list of stations with the most crime in Virginia by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Most of the crime increase on the Metro systemwide is attributable to a 30 percent increase in snatches of small electronic devices and pickpockets, according to WMATA's 2012 security report, released Monday.

There were 671 pick-pocketing incidents and electronic snatchings on the Metro system overall in 2012, up from 520 incidents in 2011.

Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn will discuss the report Thursday during his security report to the Metro Board Safety and Security Committee. The report was released to the public Monday.

The full list of the top 10 stations in Virginia with the most crime:

  1. Franconia-Springfield 32 crimes reported, 1 arrest
  2. King Street 24 crime reported, 3 arrests
  3. Vienna 20 crimes reported, 0 arrests
  4. Braddock Road 15 crimes reported, 0 arrests
  5. Huntington 14 crimes reported, 1 arrest
  6. Ballston 13 crimes reported, 2 arrests
  7. West Falls Church 12 crimes reported, 2 arrests
  8. Pentagon City 11 crimes reported, 7 arrests
  9. East Falls Church 9 crimes reported, 1 arrest
  10. Rosslyn 7 crimes reported, 0 arrests

The Vienna area fared better in this year's report than in last year's:

Overall, the numbers in Virginia continue to be significantly lower than those in Washington and Maryland.

Other report highlights:

Parking lot crime reached a 10-year low in 2012.

Metro has started using undercover officers to deter crimes. Officers hold decoy electronic devices, become apparent victims and make arrests. In 2012, a total of 149 arrests systemwide were made as a result of crime suppression team activity, according to Metro.

The Metro stations with the most crimes overall (including Washington, Maryland and Virginia):

  1. Anacostia 119 crimes reported, 40 arrests made
  2. College Park 67 crimes reported, 5 arrests made
  3. L’Enfant Plaza 59 crimes reported, 21 arrests made
  4. Gallery Place 58 crimes reported, 14 arrests made
  5. West Hyattsville 53 crimes reported, 13 arrests made
  6. New Carrollton 52 crimes reported, 6 arrests made
  7. Rhode Island Avenue 52 crimes reported, 24 arrests made
  8. Largo Town Center 50 crimes reported, 3 arrests made
  9. Minnesota Avenue 48 crimes reported, 9 arrests made
  10. Metro Center 48 crimes reported, 8 arrests made

Read the full report from WMATA.

Robert Valente February 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM
If you compare the arrest statistics in other jurisdictions, presented on the second list, with those in Virginia you will see that ours lag well behind, Mr. Smith. Also, Mr. Smith, I said nothing about 24-hour police coverage at every Metro stop - this is an idea that you put forward. I believe that would be an unsophisticated, ineffective, and costly measure. Police in Fairfax County should focus on prevention and get their arrest rates up. VIenna is a prime example - there was a spate of bank robberies between 2010 and 2012. In January, 2012, Vienna police caught a bank robber outside the M&T Bank on Maple Ave at East street and that put an end to what was becoming an epidemic of bank robberies here - the criminals went elsewhere. Efforts on prevention and increased arrest rates are not a complete solution but they certainly would help.
Sam L February 13, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I wonder about the data collection. If someone has an issue on the train, is the "crime" reported when they get off at Vienna? I think the number of arrests is more significant -- when the police handcuff someone they are probably caught in the act. in this case, Vienna was at zero.
Gordon Blvd February 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM
Mr Valente is one of those ppl who think the cops have magic wands and time turners, apparently......................... I see you failed to notice it took OVER SEVEN HUNDRED DAYS to catch that bank robber you talked about. Lease a clue, Rob.
Gordon Blvd February 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM
I'll do you one better, Sam - if someone gets pickpocketed in oh, say Metro Center.........and they dont realize it til they get to their car door in the Vienna parking lot - does that crime reflect "Vienna"? I bet a lot of our numbers are stuff like that.
Robert Valente February 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Gordon, in the case I am referring to in January 2012 the robber was caught within minutes thanks to a dye pack and an alert citizen. With regard to "magic wands and time turners" I have absolutely no idea what you are trying to say. You are the one making suppositions on how the statistics are collected, I merely point out zero arrests at Vienna Metro, and compare that with some of the other relatively good arrest statistics.


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