Serious crime on the Chicago Transit Authority fell to the lowest level in four years in 2014, officials said Tuesday. A one-year, 26 percent drop in serious crime came after the CTA added thousands of security cameras to its rail fleet and completed outfitting all its train cars with cameras in May 2014. All CTA buses have had cameras since 2003. The development followed two consecutive years of increases in serious CTA crime, a category that includes murder, criminal sexual assault, aggravated assault and robbery and theft, data released by the Chicago Police Department indicated. Over that four-year period, serious CTA crime peaked in 2013, at 2,748 incidents, then dropped 26 percent in 2013 to 2,021 incidents. Images from CTA security cameras helped police arrest at least 235 suspects in crimes committed on or near CTA properties in 2014 — a 12 percent increase from 2013, officials said. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who faces challengers in his bid for re-election next week, announced the news Tuesday in a joint news release with CTA President Forrest Claypool. “We are committed to the safety of every Chicagoan who takes public transportation, we are sending the message that we will not tolerate criminal activity, […]
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