Disorderly students may be to blame for spike in Muni crimes 

Unruly students may be to blame for a recent rise in crime on Muni vehicles.

For the first quarter of this fiscal year, which ran from July through September, there were 268 crimes recorded on Muni property, a 16 percent rise from the previous quarter’s totals, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s latest quarterly report.

Other, less-serious actions, categorized as “security incidents,” increased from 342 reports to 409 reports this quarter, a 19 percent hike, according to the report.

John Haley, director of transit for the SFMTA, attributed the spike in crime to the beginning of the school year. Traditionally, the agency sees an increase in incidents right around the time high school students start heading back to class, Haley said. The beginning of the public school year was Aug. 16, and many students take Muni to get to class.

After two years of declining violence on Muni property, crimes rose during the 2009-10 fiscal year, which ended in June. Overall, there were 1,064 crimes recorded last fiscal year, a 12 percent increase from the prior year, according to the agency’s latest quarterly reports. Security incidents also increased, going from 930 reports in the 2008-09 fiscal year to 1,098 last year, a 28 percent increase.


Crimes committed on Muni property

Time period             No. of crimes
July-Sept. 2009         249
Oct.-Dec. 2009           316
Jan.-March 2010       269
April-June 2010        231
July-Sept. 2010         268

Source: SFMTA

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