New data shows rising crime on Phoenix’s light rail system

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – New data from Valley Metro shows there has been a significant increase in crime on the light rail system. It comes a day after the Arizona family reported a disturbing attack and robbery on the light rail. Cellphone video captures suspect wielding hammer prosecute a man who intervened to break up a fight.

Valley Metro data shows that the total number of incidents has increased. It was 1335 in 2020, 1618 in 2021 and 2482 in 2022, and the year is not over. The increases occurred in all three cities, Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, with the most dramatic rise in Phoenix. The data breaks the figures down into three categories: crimes against persons, crimes against property and code of conduct – which include trespassing, disorderly behavior and disruptive passengers.

“I used to take it at night, don’t take it anymore. It was just really bad…I saw altercations happen where I tried to intervene and ended up not working in my favor, I should have shut up,” Clarissa St. Peter said. . She explained that she uses the light rail daily to get to and from work.

Our crew spotted such a concerning interaction during their Friday night ride. It turned out that a guy who was drunk tried to get on a train. Their security guards arrested him and alerted the Phoenix police. “I’ve seen violence on the light rail…I’ve seen bad things happen, people get hit a lot,” Shawn’Tice Bonnei said. Bonnei said it was especially bad early in the morning and late at night.

In response to the incident involving the suspect wielding a hammer, Valley Metro provided the following statement:

Valley Metro also said they were supposed to have 110 security guards patrolling the light rail. They have 46 vacancies. They recently increased their compensation and benefits to attract new employees and fill 46 vacant positions.

Jose P. Rogers