Want to Avoid Crime on Metro? Stay Off the Red Line

A look at reported crime on Metro lines in the City of Los Angeles.

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Hey, Angelenos: Wondering which Metro line to take Downtown? There might be a few to avoid.

Of the eight metro lines serving the City of Los Angeles, the Red Line, which runs through Downtown and North Hollywood, had the most crime reports from Jan. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2019, according to publicly available LAPD data.

(Note: Metro data prior to 2017 is limited, as the LAPD only started working with Metro security in 2017. Stations outside the City of Los Angeles are also patrolled by other agencies, such as the Long Beach Police Department.).

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At 1,381 reports, the Red Line had more than twice the amount of its runner-up, the Expo Line, which runs along Exposition Boulevard from Downtown LA to Santa Monica. It recorded 669 crime reports.

The Blue Line, which took third place, with 225 reported crimes, runs between Downtown and Long Beach, passing through much of Historic South Central and Compton.

So far this year, overall crime across all the Metro lines in the City of Los Angeles dipped slightly: There were 898 crime reports recorded between Jan. 1 – Aug. 31, 2019, a 1.64% drop from the same period last year.


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