- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new report shows serious crime in the Metro system was down last year after significant reductions in thefts of smartphones and bicycles.

The transit agency released a 2014 crime report Friday. It shows overall crime on Metro was down 27 percent last year compared to 2013.

The reduction in serious crime was driven in part by a 52 percent reduction in thefts of smartphone and mobile devices. There was a 22 percent reduction in bicycle thefts and a 35 percent decrease in the number of robberies. Thefts account for about 70 percent of major crimes in the Metro system.

Metro Transit Police Chief Ronald Pavlik says he’s pleased with the reduction in crime but says everyone needs to remain vigilant.

Police have specifically boosted enforcement efforts targeting bicycle thieves.

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