The Franconia-Springfield Metro station has more crimes than any other Metro rail station in Virginia, according to a new report from WMATA detailing reported crime in 2011.
Thirty-two crimes were committed at the station in 2011, resulting in one arrest, according to the report. The one arrest was for obstruction of justice. The types of crime that occured in 2011 at the Franconia-Springfield station are not disclosed. Throughout the Metro system, however, larcenies and burglaries are the most prominent (see chart below).
In comparison, only one crime was reported at the Van Dorn St. station.
Here are the five safest stations in the system based on 2011 data:
- Arlington Cemetery (Arlington)
- Clarendon (Arlington)
- Eisenhower Avenue (Alexandria)
- Farragut West (Washington, D.C.)
- Virginia Square (Arlington)
Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said nothing in particular was responsible for the general safety level of the stations.
"Crime at individual Metro stations is often a reflection of the crime rate in the surrounding community," Stessel said.
The 10 stations with the most reported crimes last year are all in Washington and Maryland.
Stessel said "it takes a lot less" to rank among the most dangerous Metro stations these days because overall crime is down 16 percent systemwide.
Metro Crimes Reported 2007 - 2011:
|Motor vehicle theft||166||181||152||129||83|
|Attempted motor vehicle theft||117||101||79||65||43|
|Rape / sexual offenses||1||0||1||3||1|
*Homicides reported and investigated by other police agencies.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Stations:
|Station Name||Crimes Reported (2011)||Location|
|Largo Town Center||53||