(Washington, DC) — Metro has seen the year 2009 bring about a spike in the number of robberies around the system. The first eight-months of the year have seen a more than 40% increase in the number of robberies. “The DC Examiner” reports since 2005, it’s a 179% increase. The most non-vehicle-related crimes have happened inside the Gallery Place-Chinatown station. Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza come in second and third place. Due to budget constraints, Metro has struggled to keep up security presence in some stations, but many riders say it shouldn’t matter. The New Carrollton station tops the number of reported vehicle-related crimes, followed by Southern Avenue.

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