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Old 07-09-2017, 09:32 AM   #741
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Why? Criminals are people. People walk, they bike, they drive cars, they take trains, buses, and taxis to where they want to go. Why should they be any different than everyone else that uses the MBTA for various reasons?

It seems reasonable to me that increasing transit connections between an area with high crime and low wealth and an area with low crime and high wealth would naturally lead to some criminal elements taking advantage of the new opportunities. Thats no reason not to build such connections, its simply a reason to be vigilant about those possibilities and plan accordingly.
The evidence shows that when people commit crimes they don't tend to be using transit if it is a major thing like a home robbery or something. As mentioned before the residences here are well protected from theft so the most likely crimes are shoplifting and the majority of shoplifting is done be bored teenagers with a small minority done by adults that regularly shoplift or robbing a stores register (less common) and in that case using transit to leave the area as mentioned above is ridiculous they would be apprehended way before they could get anywhere most likely.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:24 AM   #742
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The evidence shows that when people commit crimes they don't tend to be using transit if it is a major thing like a home robbery or something. As mentioned before the residences here are well protected from theft so the most likely crimes are shoplifting and the majority of shoplifting is done be bored teenagers with a small minority done by adults that regularly shoplift or robbing a stores register (less common) and in that case using transit to leave the area as mentioned above is ridiculous they would be apprehended way before they could get anywhere most likely.
The thought of trying to "get away" on the Silver Line out of the Seaport is totally ludicrous. Given the speed and the bass-ackwards routing, a cop ON FOOT could catch the perp.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:32 PM   #743
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The combination of fixed schedule, ease of capture (once you're on a train or bus, it's very easy to keep you there), ubiquitous surveillance (both from cameras and fellow passengers), high potential of unrelated interaction with police officers, and inability to carry bulky items make transit a pretty unattractive choice for criminals of all types.

The only notable case I can recall of a criminal using public transit to go commit a crime was in Baltimore, where a burglar robbed a house and stole keys, then rode the light rail back a few days later to use the keys to steal the car.
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:22 PM   #744
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Anyway, I'm looking forward to its opening next year and opportunities & new connections it brings Chelsea.
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