According to the Chicago Tribune, analysis has revealed crime hotspots on the Chicago Transit Authority rail and bus lines. For years, the Chicago Police Department has declined to identify which locations and lines were the most crime-ridden. Using public records from the city from Jan. 1, 2009, to June 13, 2012, the analysis pinpointed crimes along the rail and lines throughout the city.
* More than 18,000 crimes were reported on the CTA and 3,943 crimes occurred at CTA stations.
* Of the crimes reported, 38.6 percent occurred at rail platforms but nearly 40 percent of those crimes were fare evasion with riders jumping turnstiles at the stations.
* 25.6 percent of all station-based crimes were theft, 15.8 percent were battery and 12.4 percent were robbery (typically including force).
* The most crimes were the Roosevelt (217 crimes), 95th/Dan Ryan (199), 69th (166 crimes) and 79th (151) stations, all part of the Red Line.
* Crimes were also prevalent throughout the entire stretch of the Red Line.
* On CTA bus routes, theft comprised 33.8 percent, battery comprised 25.2 percent and robbery comprised 13.6 percent.
* Crimes at rail stations in the Loop totaled 749 with 48.5 percent of those crimes being theft, 11.7 percent being battery and 10.9 percent being robbery.
* Robberies and batteries on the bus system were mostly concentrated on the s south and west sides, while theft occurred more often downtown and along north lake shore routes.
* CBS added that when compared to the other stations, crime is the lowest on the Brown Line, the Orange Line to Midway International Airport, the Pink Line and the O'Hare stretch of the Blue Line.
* Thefts increased by 42 percent over the time frame and is being attributed to the recent surge in theft of electronic devices, the Associated Press reported.
* Thefts and robberies on the CTA have seen a decrease this year, an improvement CTA President Forrest Claypool is attributing to new surveillance and anti-crime strategies.
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