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As the MAX system grows with the addition of the Orange Line in September, TriMet will add five officers to the Transit Police Division and four contracted security patrols.

The Orange Line will expand TriMet’s extensive network of security and operational cameras by more than 230 fixed-location cameras and about 180 cameras on the new Type 5 trains.

Last year, the Clackamas Town Center’s light rail saw only six reported crimes: one menacing report on the light-rail station platform; one theft from a passenger on the platform; one robbery inside the light-rail train; one theft of a vehicle; and two harassment reports. At the Fuller Road station, there were four thefts from a vehicle, and one theft of a vehicle reported.

TriMet Executive Director of Safety and Security Harry Saporta last week announced the new cameras and will name a dedicated crime analyist as part of the new security-related positions and patrols in advance of the Orange Line opening on Sept. 12.

“With a dedicated analyst, we will have quicker access to crime data and detail so we can revise our strategy and tactics, transit police can more strategically deploy officers, and we can put other security resources into use such as cameras or additional security personnel,” he said.

Saporta last week briefed the TriMet board of directors on the reported crime statistics for 2014. With 100.7 million rides taken on TriMet in 2014, customers reported 436 crimes on board and at stations and stops. That’s down by six crimes from last year and down more than 100 crimes or 19 percent from 2012.

The majority of the crimes on board buses and trains and at stops and stations were reported thefts (275), and the majority of the crimes at Park & Rides were thefts from cars (85).

“At least a hundred of those thefts were reported after a rider lost an item, left it behind or unattended, or fell asleep and woke up to find something missing,” Saporta said.

Officers will continue patrols in both uniform and plainclothes, and carry out targeted missions.

Vehicle crimes at TriMet Park & Rides rose by 53 in 2014 to 145, which led to an increase in all reported crimes against customers, up 47 to 581 last year. That equals fewer than two reported crimes a day and 120 crimes fewer than were reported in 2012.

In response to the incidents at Park & Rides, TriMet increased security patrols and is advising Park & Ride users against leaving belongings in plain sight.

“We need your help,” he added. “When you are on transit, just as when you are in any public place, pay attention to your things. You wouldn’t leave six $100 bills sitting on a seat and walk away, so don’t do that with your smartphone or other belongings.”

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