Thursday, December 01, 2005

Engrave your Ipods!

Another tip: Engrave your iPods. I would suggest your name, phone number, and/or email address.

Metro Police Chief Hanson said to me that she wanted to embark on a public service campaign around the holiday season, encouraging people to have their iPods engraved (when you order them online from Apple, this is free!). This makes it much easier for the police to recover stolen iPods. Mine was identified this way. Another friend of mine had his iPod stolen from the Fed Ex facility in Washington D.C. (before he even picked it up!). But he had his name and phone number engraved on the back of it. Sure enough, he got a call a week later from a school official in D.C.--the iPod had been confiscated from a student, and when they noticed the name on the back was not the student's, they called my friend.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Another Warning

Another warning was posted as a comment on my blog today:

"BEWARE ALL: since it's the holiday season, these girls will be in full force with their "method of operation" & loving the thrill of assaulting metro riders, stealing shopping bags, and physically creating distractions to force people to hand over cellphones, ipods, and anything else they want."

Program your cell phones with the Metro Emergency Number: 202-962-2121

I have suggested this before, but Metro police Chief Hanson has also asked me to ask you all to program your cell phones with this number:

202-962-2121


This is the number you need to call if an emergency occurs within the Metro system. It is not yet posted in the trains, but Chief Hanson has told me that she has requested that it be posted. In the meantime, program it in your phones, in case you need it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Update

My thanks to Andrianna, who just posted the following comment:

"Andrianna said...

It's strange that I received a link to your letter today b/c I saw this group of teens just this morning at the Van Ness stop (camo jacket and all). I also didn't realize that they were theives but they were pushing and beating up on each other and I was afraid that one may push the other into the train or something. All the other passangers were clearly uncomfortable as well. Wish that Metro would do something...but I suppose it's hard to when they just jump on a train and off they go. Thanks for making us all informed. 29 November, 2005 12:43"


I have forwarded your comments on to the Metro Police Chief Polly Hanson.

Although both the 18-year old Beyanka Clark (the one who took my iPod) and the juvenile (in the camo jacket) were detained briefly early last week, they were released shortly thereafter (at least Beyanka was, I don't know the status of the juvenile.) In my meeting with the City Prosecuter (to give my testimony for the juvenile), I learned that both teenagers had been already expelled from their high school, earlier that same day that they had mugged me. Four days later after the incident, Beyanka was arrested for something else, and she had my engraved iPod in her possession at that time. I am still waiting to hear from Metro Police about when I can expect to have my iPod returned to me--too bad it can't be released as quickly as those two were! Since they don't have school to attend, I expect it wouldn't be unreasonable to speculate they are out causing more trouble.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

"Alleviate the perceived tedium of your activities with an iPod!"

Well, the Washington Post has reported the arrest of one of the girls, an 18 year old, that stole my iPod, at Teen Accused of Stealing iPod From D.C. Metro Rider. The metro detective told me yesterday that "someone had leaked to the media" about the arrest. I assume that would be Metro's PR department. I am of course very thankful to the detective for his work in following this up, and hopefully I will eventually get the iPod back (I was told it could be kept as long as a year for evidence!)

However, my biggest concerns about the whole incident have been the current Metro protocols that enable this sort of crime to thrive on the Metro. I hope real change will be initiated by Metro, as a proactive step to help prevent and halt future crimes on the Metro. I have previously posted in detail my suggestions to Metro for improvements in their current "appropriate protocols", but as yet have not heard anything from them regarding any changes they have made whatsoever. Relying on their skilled detectives to follow-up crime after it happens won't be sufficient for many more serious crimes than this, or for responding to possible terrorist activity.

Monday, November 21, 2005

One of the iPod Muggers arrested!

NBC Channel 4 news reported tonight about the arrest of one of the girls who mugged me and stole my iPod. "Teen Arrested in Metro iPod theft" I am very appreciative of the Metro detectives for their effort and skill that they expended to follow up this incident, to such an effective result. However, my biggest concerns about the whole incident have been the current Metro protocols that enable this sort of crime to thrive on the Metro. I hope real change will be initiated by Metro, as a proactive step to help prevent and halt future crimes on the Metro. I have previously posted in detail my suggestions to Metro for improvements in their current "appropriate protocols", but as yet have not heard anything from them regarding any changes they have made whatsoever. Relying on their skilled detectives to follow-up crime after it happens won't be sufficient for many more serious crimes than this, or for responding to possible terrorist activity.

As a sidenote, the NBC report said that "The woman's iPod has been returned to her." This is not in fact true. The detective told me today that he wasn't sure when they would be able to return it to me. He has also told me that if it was needed to be kept as evidence, it could be as long as a year before I see it again....

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Washington Post reports on Metro Crime

After my recent experiences with crime on the Metro, I am thrilled that the Washington Post is reporting about one aspect of the problems regarding crime on the Metro. The current Metro protocols regarding crime are not sufficient, and are in fact enabling frequent and predictable crime to thrive.At Metro, Some Crimes Don't Count After my mugging and the groping incident I witnessed a few days later, NBC evening news reported our story, and the chief of Metro Police contacted me. These are the main suggestions I had for how Metro can improve their protocols regarding crime on Metro. I described them in detail at My suggestions to Metro Police. But briefly they are:

1) Publish a police report/crime log for Metro

2) Post and post EXTREMELY VISIBLY the emergency number for Metro Police onboard trains

3) Connect the Emergency Intercom to Metro Police, not the driver

4) Instruct station managers to
____a) call Metro Police
____b) announce over the loudspeaker that they have/are going to contact metro police
____c) warn, over the loudspeaker, other Metro patrons with as much information as possible

5) Coordinate with local non-Metro police, who are often closer and can respond quicker

6) Instruct drivers to stop trains when passengers have used the intercoms to report crimes (or suspicious activity/packages)

7) Instruct drivers to call the police when passengers have used the intercoms to report crimes

8) Instruct the drivers to NOT close and to NOT hold closed doors on passengers.


My other posts related to Metro Crime:
What Happened Thursday
The groping incident
My other posts on Metro Crime

Thursday, November 17, 2005

My suggestions to Metro Police

First, I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who has posted supportive comments, and shared their own experiences with crime in the Metro system.

And of the Metro detective currently investigating the case, I'd just like to say, I've been extremely comforted by his help. I only wish that the overall Metro response procedures at the time of the crime were carried out as thoroughly as the investigation afterward has been so far.

I even got a call from the chief of Metro police herself, last week. She also seemed empathetic and open to my suggestions for how to improve Metro's response, which also was very comforting to me. Actually seeing the implementation of these basic suggestions by the leadership of Metro is of course another story, and will be the real key to whether I will feel safe riding Metro again. When I told her I have temporarily found an alternative mode of transit to work, since two commutes in a row with crime on the Red Line were a bit too much for me, she said she was sorry to hear that, and that if she had known on Monday morning that I had been anxious about riding Metro, she would have sent an officer to ride with me--that would have been quite fortuitous for the second crime victim I witnessed, the woman who was groped, if I had indeed had that officer with me! Alas, hindsight is 20-20. And a permanent police escort on Metro doesn't really seem like a long term fix to the problem anyway...

Anyway, here is a summary of the suggestions I gave her for how Metro can improve their protocols for response to crime in their system:

1) Publish a police report/crime log for Metro

In local newspapers you can read the police report, so you can get a sense of what kind of crime is happening in your area, and you can take appropriate precauations. But if crime happens in your neighborhood, but inside your Metro station, or on a train, Metro police responds, and this information is not published. Metro does not currently publish this information on their website, in the Express, or in any other way. Metro police have since informed me that gangs of girls mugging single travelers on the Metro, especially for iPods (which are the new "North Face jackets" in terms of coveted items to steal, and keep, not resell) happens "all the time" "constantly from September until when school lets out" and the hot spot for this activity is "Van Ness and Tenleytown". It is helpful for passengers to know about the crime, especially about the frequent and predictable crime. Not publishing this information makes it seem like Metro leadership is more concerned about the image of Metro, rather than the safety of their passengers.

2) Post EXTREMELY VISIBLY the emergency number for Metro Police

Currently, if you post a comment to Metro via their website, they will respond first with an automatic message which includes safety tips, and concludes by saying "If you see anything unusual, report it immediately to the Station Manager or to Transit Police at 202-962-2121." Well, if you are on a train when a crime occurs, the only option you have is the person on the other end of the emergency intercom--and right now that is driver of your train. So it is up to him/her to decide to call the police for you. And let me assure you, in my case, that is not what happened (what I experienced from the drivers was more of a "Ignore the intercom, Slam the doors on the victim, Knowingly transport criminals away from the scene of a crime" type of response--see below) If you have a cell phone with Verizon service (the only carrier that works inside of Metro) you should call 202-962-2121 (No, not the easiest emergency number to remember-so maybe program it into your phone, if you have Verizon, and if you travel regularly on Metro? Since right now, it is not posted onboard Metro trains) If you call 911, you will be connected to the local 911 responders, who will then transfer you to Metro when they find out you are inside the Metro system.

3) Connect the Emergency Intercom to Metro Police, not the driver

I already covered this point in suggestion two. Time matters so much in response, and adding links in the chain to get to the real responders, the police, doesn't make sense. It's like the children's telephone game. Let people respond directly and immediately to the police. Since drivers don't stop the trains, respond to the victims, and they do instead knowingly close doors on crime victims, I say, no reason to respond to them at all, especially not first! Metro police can assess the situation, and advise the drivers to stop as necessary instead.

4) Instruct station managers to
a) call Metro Police
They are supposed to do this anyway. But if they called on my behalf, I never heard about it (from them or from the police during or after the incident) And other people have since responded to me that in their incidents with crime on Metro, sometimes the Metro station manager refused/did not call the police.

b) announce over the loudspeaker that they have/are going to contact metro police
Since after they call, they are just going to wait in their booth anyway, they might as well announce that they have called/are going to call the police. This is comforting to the victim and witnesses, who wonder why they don't see/hear from the station manger(s) when they call for help.

c) warn, over the loudspeaker, other Metro patrons with as much information as possible about the ongoing crime
This seems like common sense to me. Why WOULDN"T the station manager annouce over the loudspeaker the description and location of the suspect and the nature of the crime, to the best of his/her knowledge. This would protect otherwise unsuspecting passengers from the potential danger of these criminals, and this would also increase the chances that other people can serve as witnesses, and keep an eye on the location of the suspect(s) until the police have arrived. I think other people would want to be better witnesses, and Metro station managers could easily facilitate this by alerting other passengers to the crimes unfolding around them.

5) Coordinate with local non-Metro police, who are often closer and can respond quicker

In the groping incident, the Bethesda police station is literally right outside the metro exit. Their response time would have been much quicker. In this day and age of trying to coordinate emergency systems for terrorist attacks/natural disasters, it is startling how separate the police responses are between Metro police and relevant local police in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.

6) Instruct drivers to stop trains when passengers have used the intercoms to report crimes (or suspicious activity/packages)

On Metro cars, the only emergency advice posted is to call the driver on the intercom. The driver therefore currently has all the responsibility for stopping the train, calling the police (if the passenger doesn't have a phone with Verizon service), managing the situation of crime on board a train. The driver also should not be knowingly transporting criminals away from scenes of crime. After they have been alerted to a crime on board, they are responsible for knowingly transporting these criminals away.

7) Instruct drivers to call the police when passengers have used the intercoms to report crimes

See above. Currently, this is the only method for the police being contacted when a crime happens on board a train.

8) Instruct the drivers to NOT close and to NOT hold closed doors on passengers.

They should never do this: Not when they have people on the intercom already telling the driver of the crime, not when Metro Police have already been informed of the situation, NOT EVER. NEVER. IT HURTS. I can't emphasize how apalled I am on this point, that I could SEE the driver leaning out of the train, SEEING me standing in the door, HEARING me yell to him for help, HEARING other passengers tell him on the intercom what was happening, HEARING metro police on the radio tell him what was happening. EVEN without all of that, if he/she leans out and sees a passenger in the door- the way to get them to move is not by closing the doors intentionally and holding them shut on that person.

Thoughts from other blogs linked to my story...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Link to the DCist

The Link to the NBC story:

Monday, November 14, 2005

What happened-Thursday

I have written the facts about what happened Thursday. In a separate post I will write about the assault I witnessed this morning. I will also try and summarize my complaints/suggestions for Metro, regarding how they enable crime on their trains and in their stations.

What happened on my way home from work, Thursday
On Thursday, November 10 I boarded a Red Line Metro train in Bethesda, around 4:15 p.m., intending to travel to the Cleveland Park station, on my way home, via a 5 station commute that I take every weekday. I was riding on the last metro car, as often is my habit, and I entered through the most forward of the three sets of doors. I sat in the first row of seats on the right side of the train, so I was facing forward in the direction of travel.

My coat was on my lap, my purse and my tote-bag were on my right, in between me and the wall. I was holding my iPod and my SmartTrip card. The train was not crowded, but there were about 15-20 other passengers. At Van Ness, a group of about 5-7 high-school age teenagers boarded the train. Two of them sat behind me, and 3-4 sat in the first two rows across the aisle. One of them, wearing a green camoflauge military jacket stood directly in front of me, looked me in the eye, and then sat down next to me. She kept pushing closer into me, so I was thinking about getting up and moving to another seat. At this point, one of them behind me, reached over my shoulder and grabbed my iPod out of my hands. She then stood up, laughing and smiling, and ran to the back of the train, with the others, except for the girl in the military jacket. I stood up to follow them, and the military-jacket girl stood up, and grabbed me by the shoulders. One of the others grabbed my Smart Trip card, which I had left on the seat when I stood up. I told them they wouldn’t be able to use it anyway, since I had registered it, but they laughed and kept it.

I was still holding my jacket, purse, and tote-bag. I was visibly upset, and asked the laughing girl in the back to please return my iPod. The group laughed, and the military-jacket girl continued to hold me at the front of the train. She then threatened me, “Don’t you touch my sister!” and I assume she was referring to the girl who took my iPod, and was laughing in the back of the train. At this point I became frightened that the girl might have a weapon in her jacket, and I jumped backwards, away from her. I looked around at the other passengers on the car, and I asked them repeatedly if any of them would help me. Someone asked me what was happening, and I said that this group of teenagers was mugging me, and that the ones in the back had my iPod. Someone asked me if I knew these girls, and I said no. One man with a mustache got up and went to talk to the train driver on the intercom. Another man got up and tried to talk to the military jacket girl, and reason with her. The train stopped at Cleveland Park, and the girls got off the train. I also got off the train, and they jumped back on, so I got back on, and this went on back and forth. I held the doors open, but the driver yelled to let go of the doors, even though the man with a mustache was still on the intercom, telling the driver what was going on. The driver just kept trying to close the doors on me, and saying over the intercom for me to let go of the doors. I yelled for help to the station manager, but he/she never came out of the booth.

The group of muggers than ran over to a train which had pulled up, going in the opposite direction. I ran over after them, and boarded the train one car behind them. I called 911, which transferred me to Metro Police. At the same time, I asked a woman on this train to intercom the driver, and she did. The woman pointed out to me that the group was moving through the emergency only doors between the trains, away from us, and she suggested I follow them, but I did not. I spoke to Transit Police on my phone, and told them what was happening. Meanwhile the driver of the second train repeatedly yelled to me to stand clear of the doors, and he slammed them on me several times. He held the doors shut on me so hard, that I was in pain, and when he released them, I stepped into the train, so as not to be hurt again. The woman on the train was still talking to him on the intercom, but I don’t know what their conversation was. After the driver shut the doors, the train departed, for Van Ness. Meanwhile, I spoke with Transit Police on my phone, and I told them no one from Metro helped me at Cleveland Park, and I asked if anyone would be there to help me at Van Ness. She said no one was at at Van Ness, and that no one was at Cleveland Park. Back at Van Ness, the doors opened again. I looked outside, and I saw the group run across again to a train that was traveling in the opposite direction. I also ran across to that train, although I boarded in a different car. I was still on the phone with Metro Police. They asked for the car number, and someone else on the train pointed it out to me. I gave her the number. In any case, the Transit Police on the phone collected my name and phone number, but when the service broke in the tunnel, they didn’t phone me back. After waiting about 30 seconds-1 minute, I phoned 911 again, and they transferred me to Metro Police, and I had to tell my story all over again—still scared and upset, still while trying to keep an eye on the group of muggers. The officer on the phone told me to look and see if they got off at each stop, and advised me to STAY on the train, following them. As each stop passed, I got more and more worried, because no one was waiting to meet me, and although I kept looking to see if the muggers had gotten off, as we traveled more into downtown, there were more and more people getting on and off and it was hard to see. We passed, Cleveland Park again, Woodley Park, Dupont, and it was not until Farragut North that there was an officer waiting on the platform.

I walked up, towards the front of the train to meet the officer. As I passed the train, I tried to look into the other cars to see if I could see them. The officer asked me for descriptions. I wish some of the many other passengers on the train had offered to stay with me, and serve as witnesses to the crime they saw take place right in front of them. None of them did, not on any of the three trains.

The officer wouldn’t let me look through the train, which was at last stopped. She said “other officers” were doing that. Instead she tried to get me to help her with more descriptions of the crime. The train pulled away, and I burst into tears. The officer was kind and patient, and although I couldn’t stop crying, I tried to give her the information she needed, and she tried to answer my questions about Metro’s (in)actions. I asked with disbelief, what Transit Police had meant on the phone when they had told me “no one is in Van Ness or Cleveland Park.” She said, what they meant was “there is a difference between Metro staff and Metro Police. They meant there were no Metro Police at those stations. There were station managers present, but they often don’t respond to situations like this, because they are afraid for their own safety. They are often targets themselves.” She told me that the drivers should have stopped the train. She told me she was at the Farragut North stop already, because she was patrolling for groups like these because “they do this all the time.” It was planned, it was common, and Metro knew about it—but I can’t understand why I had never been warned! How many people have been robbed on the Red Line by groups of teenagers? Why is that information not given to riders, so they can take steps to defend themselves (i.e. standing, not sitting, and keeping valuables out of sight and tightly guarded, and keeping distance between yourself, if you are traveling alone, and between large groups of teenagers) She even gave me information for what to do if I have a “second sighting” because she said that these groups often ride the same trains, at the same time of day. If they are this predictable, why isn’t something being done? Of course they’re riding the same trains, at the same time of day, since they know they will get away with it! They know station managers are too intimidated to come out of their booth, they know drivers do not acknowledge what people tell them through the emergency intercoms, and that the drivers will not stop the trains for crime happening onboard, and they know transit police are rare to be found in most stations, and in that response time is slow enough to give them plenty of time to get away (AND TO EVEN FLEE THE CRIME SCENE BY METRO TRAIN!) She also said, rather than calling 911 or to use the emergency intercom to speak with the drivers, that I should call Metro Police directly. Why are the emergency intercoms there if the drivers don’t stop the trains for emergencies? Why is the Metro Police number not written up on the wall and in BIG NUMBERS in every car, for victims to call? Why can’t DC Police respond if they are closer?

A male officer had found 4 young girls, one of them wearing a military jacket. They had me walk by with the female officer to see if I recognized them. I was supposed to be walking by surreptitiously, and so I wasn’t able to stand in front of them and try and figure out if I had seen them.. The one wearing the jacket looked different to me, and I didn’t see the girl that had taken the iPod either. If these girls were the others in the group, and one of them had just been given the jacket by the other girl, I wouldn’t know. And I didn’t want to risk getting innocent girls in trouble. The police had checked their bags already and not found my iPod, so they were allowed to go.

And then they were done with me, said they would keep an eye out, and I was advised to check with Metro Lost and Found, in case the girls “got spooked because it was engraved” and turned it in. I was told to call another number Monday/Tuesday to get a copy of the police report. Two other female officers showed up at the end, expressing sympathy about the loss of my iPod—actually what one of them said was “Man, if someone stole my iPod I’d be so upset.” I am not sure that they understood—I wasn’t crying because I didn’t have my iPod anymore. I was crying because I was violated and scared from my first experience of being a victim of crime. I was scared and shocked because the attack had happened in front of lots of other people, during the daytime, and lots of Metro Staff (station managers, train drivers, transit police on the phone) had had the opportunity to stop the whole thing (by just holding the train and waiting for the transit police to arrive), and no one did anything. I have suspected Metro is not prepared for a terrorist attack on the subway system—I had even volunteered to be a fake victim of a mock attack, so Metro could simulate what would happen. But this was supposed to take place a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina, and the simulation was postponed indefinitely, and I have heard nothing since. I really wanted to be part of the simulation, because I feel that Metro is not ready, and I wanted to be part of any effort to make it more safe. For instance, there are three sets of emergency doors on each car. In an emergency, you can only open one set of the 6 doors—the middle one on the side of the tunnel which should be illuminated. So if you can’t get out of that one door for whatever reason, you have to exit through the emergency doors into the next car—and the fact is that all the time people are blocking these doors with luggage, or because the train is overcrowded. And in a real emergency, in a dark, smoky, crowded and panicked train—I don’t think it really matters if you HAVE managed to read the safety panel (usually in only one spot on the train, and if it is crowded and you can’t move around, I don’t know how anyone would even know about the evacuation instructions), it will be next to impossible to get out.

In any case, the officer told me she had spoken with Woodley Park, and informed them I would be arriving there without a Smart Trip card, and to let me out. Of course when I got there (still anxious to be traveling alone on the Metro after being just attacked on a train) the station manager hadn’t a clue what I was talking about. So I had to tell her the story, and ask her to let me out, so I could go home. I did manage to find my Smart Card, I reported it stolen, the balance was $3 less, so they used it—too bad they couldn’t track them in that way!).

Dear Metro,
Here is the conclusion to a lengthy letter to Metro I submitted Monday night. The beginning was my account of the event on Thursday (similar to above). This is the end:

Finally, I would just like to say, I appreciate so much the metro police that have been trying to help, and that are still trying to help. The officer who responded to me first at Farragut North seemed genuinely determined to do her job, and fix what she could. I just wish there were more resources being put into safety on Metro. Obviously police can not help situations when they require long times to arrive at crime scenes. Metro obviously has a responsibility, once it has been informed of emergencies, to at least NOT HELP criminals get away. Providing criminals transportation to flee crime scenes should NOT be part of appropriate Metro protocol. I am sorry if it may be momentarily inconvenient for public transit, but in the bigger picture, safety comes first. Crimes are reported, trains should stop, police should arrive. That is the least that should be expected. Victims should not be ignored on emergency intercoms, victims should not be slammed repeatedly in train doors, when drivers have been informed of the situation. If trains are not stopped to wait for metro police, because Metro does not want extensive delays to transportation--well then maybe that highlights the fact that responses to emergencies and crimes are too long. And if station managers can not mangage to manage security incidents in their stations, I wonder what it is they are really there to manage at all. "Appropriate protocol" needs to be revised so that safety and security may be managed everywhere in Metro.

I believe that Metro´s complacency with their "appropriate protocols" is enabling crime to thrive on the Metro. Metro has a responsibility to its passengers to inform them of all crime incidents, so they can better prepare themselves to attempt safe commutes. Metro has a responsibility to its passengers to not ignore calls for help. Metro has a responsibility to its passengers to contain crime scenes, and to NOT knowingly transport criminals fleeing their crime scenes. If station managers are too intimidated to leave their booths, and answer a lone woman's calls for help from a group attack, then someone else who has authority to not be afraid should be there. Station managers themselves should not have to attend jobs that they fear.

On my first ride on Metro after this incident, I was witness to another assault on a rush hour Red Line metro train, on a train nearing the Bethesda station at 9 am Monday. This incident also allowed the assailant to move freely about the station, and depart at his leisure. I will comment on that situation in a separate form.

No

So on my first trip back on the Metro after I was mugged by 6-7 people, (except of course when I had to metro home alone right after the mugging), I was witness to a woman assaulted by a man (early fifties, wearing a beige sweater) on the red line, this time, on my way to work, just beore we arrive at Bethesda.

Another woman and I stayed with her, and we hurried together away from the man, who got off after us, and then he hid from us behind a pillar under the escalator. We rushed upstairs to tell the station manager, but he did not go downstairs to look for the man, nor did he make an annoucement over the loudspeaker to warn others to look out for this man, who no doubt jumped back on another train to assault again, by the time an officer actually arrived, about 20-30 minutes after the incident (after about 10 minutes we asked the station manager when we could expect some police, and he said response ranges generally from a minute to an hour.)

I exchanged information with the women, and we are going to try and coordinate our responses to try and get some sort of justice for Metro's complete complacency with the crime they are enabling to continue on their trains.

For the rest of you riding the Metro, I'd advise you to stand, keep your belongings stored, and hold them securely, and pay attention. And by all means, if you see a crime victim on the metro, stay with them and give your information to the Metro Transit Police, when they finally arrive. As the station manager told us this morning, "It's really up to everyone to protect each other from crime on the Metro." [Do not expect Metro-affiliated staff to do it!] When we asked him if he was going to go down and look for the man, or warn others about the danger, he exclaimed defensively: "I'm not a doctor! I'm not an engineer! I can't arrest him! What can I do? All I can do is notify Transit Police." He then shared his own fears for his safety in Metro, "especially when working at night-time."

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Yes

Yes, I was mugged on the metro on the way home from work.