Crime on public transportation has skyrocketed in Philadelphia since the start of the pandemic, according to figures released by SEPTA and obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The outlet published in a new article that assaulted and physical aggresion increased by more than 80% in the public transportation system of the Philadelphia region from 2019 to 2021.
Paradoxically, the Inquirer reported that other crimes, such as robberies, decreased by 18% during the same period according to SEPTA.
Due to the general increase in crime, SEPTA revealed in February that it would replace private guards at its station with “guides” who would remind users of the rules of travel and help passengers with no destination.
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SEPTA currently has more than 28,000 security cameras in its stations and 210 officers who patrol its facilities, as revealed to Telemundo62.
Looking for bilingual staff
SEPTA wants to better serve Philadelphia’s Latino community, according to Thomas Nestle, its police chief. “Apart from security, we’re also looking to expand our bilingual forces.” he stated.