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T crime up in 2011, stats show

It was a good news, bad news year for train riders in 2011. 

It was a good news, bad news year for train riders in 2011. Transit police released year-end crime statistics yesterday that revealed while there was a slight decrease of violent crime in 2011 compared to 2010, property crimes saw a 26 percent spike. Bicycle and cellphones were among the top items stolen from riders, T Police Chief Paul MacMillan said.

Alewife station

Bicycle theft at the Red Line’s Alewife station continues to plague both riders and police.

Due to a high volume of people peddling to the station and a lack of spaces for them to properly lock up their bikes, police are reminding riders to be cautious.

“We have far exceeded the capacity to hold bikes in an appropriate manner,” said T Police Chief Paul MacMillan.

Alewife had the fifth highest serious crime total.

Serious crime at Davis increased to 23 incidents.

Downtown Crossing

While the number of reported assaults at the downtown MBTA stop declined from 2010 to 2011, there was an uptick in overall serious incidents.

Thirty-eight serious crimes were reported to Transit Police at Downtown Crossing last year, compared to 24 in 2010. There were 21 robberies in 2011.

Serious incidents at Forest Hills also increased last year.

In 2011, 40 incidents were reported, up from 30 in 2010.

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