This is the crime happening on Metro buses in the Seattle area

Mar 3, 2016, 1:19 PM | Updated: Mar 4, 2016, 10:34 pm
King County Metro...
King County Metro needs more than 200 drivers to make up for a shortage and attrition. (MyNorthwest)

A new effort to outfit all Metro buses with cameras is underway as the King County Council considers where to get up to seven million dollars to pay for it.

Metro Police Major Dave Jutilla told the council this week the cameras are a huge crime deterrent. Metro says 44 percent of its buses currently have cameras. The goal is to get the entire fleet outfitted by 2021. Will bus cameras stop all crime? No, of course not.

How many criminal incident occurs on Metro buses?

There were 4,188 security incidents reported by operators in 2015. That equates to about 12 incidents per day, among 400,000 daily riders &#8212 or nearly 122 million annual rides.

Common issues range from sleepers who won’t leave the bus, verbal abuse, threats against the driver, fare evasion, and unruly or disturbing behavior.

In 2015, Metro reported: • 77 operator assaults, ranging from spitting on a driver, or throwing something, to striking an operator.
• 12 passenger assaults
• 273 passenger-vs-passenger physical disturbances
• 2,164 arrests and infractions by Metro Transit Police &#8212 in ranking order: warrants, alcohol, fare evasion, drugs, unlawful bus conduct. These enforcement actions occur on buses, bus shelters/zones and transit facilities.

Local News

KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk

Pedestrian hit by train in Belltown, police investigate

Seattle Police are investigating after a man was hit by a train near Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood Thursday night.
15 hours ago
Bill Kaczaraba

Lovable radio host Frasier returns, but not to Seattle

Frasier, the lovable but loveless radio host who put Seattle on the map will not be returning to the Emerald City.
15 hours ago
snohomish bus...
Bill Kaczaraba

Snohomish Community Transit proposes new connections to light rail, more frequent bus service

Community Transit is proposing changes for 2024 and beyond that would increase local bus service and include connections to light rail in Snohomish County.
15 hours ago
L.B. Gilbert

New tax bill proposed on high potency cannabis products

New legislation out of Olympia is looking to place a higher tax on cannabis products in Washington state based on how much THC is in them.
15 hours ago
Lake Stevens...
KIRO Newsradio staff

Family found to be dealing drugs from Lake Stevens restaurant

A woman found guilty of dealing drugs from her Lake Stevens restaurant, will now spend 10 years in prison.
15 hours ago
Frank Sumrall

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz optimistic about drop in violent crime

Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz believes his jurisdiction — the 142 square miles that incorporate the metropolis — is becoming a safer place.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
This is the crime happening on Metro buses in the Seattle area