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BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

Old Apr 24, 17, 2:40 pm
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Post BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency.
The incident the first of its kind in recent memory occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Coliseum Station.
http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/...=articlerecirc

Definitely something out of the ordinary for BART.
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Old Apr 24, 17, 2:58 pm
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It sure is, and the "hush hush" about it, such that it only made the news late this morning, troubled me "muchly."
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Old Apr 24, 17, 5:37 pm
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Statement from BART:

Sounds like the initial reporting was a little fear-mongerish (40-60?!) but still a scary situation
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Old Apr 24, 17, 8:28 pm
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Probably worth the expense of more police presence in most BART stations for a few weeks to assure that this doesn't become a regular thing.
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Old Apr 24, 17, 9:44 pm
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I've been here almost 40 years

And I rode one of the original BART trains through the trans Bay tube. This is the scariest thing that's happened on BART that I can remember. Any organized group coming on a train to rob people is terrifying.
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Originally Posted by squeakr View Post
Any organized group coming on a train to rob people is terrifying.
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Old Apr 29, 17, 9:39 am
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BART PD starting to make arrests http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...y-11107468.php
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Old May 14, 17, 10:41 pm
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Absolutely shocking.

Always felt safe on BART; but, for the time being, will no longer take BART to or from the East Bay. Will only ride in daytime hours from Powell onwards to SFO.

Not worth the risk.
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Old May 15, 17, 1:10 am
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An isolated incident such as this wouldn't stop me from riding BART to/from the East Bay -- or anywhere else, for that matter.

I think people in general vastly overestimate some risks and underestimate others.

I will say no more, as I do not want to venture into OMNI/PR territory.
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Old May 15, 17, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by KathyWdrf View Post

I will say no more, as I do not want to venture into OMNI/PR territory.
You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want...
(S)he is the fool that thinks that this could only occur at an East Bay station, or that this is much more than an isolated incident. The odds (while extremely low) of having a freeway shooting or other incident, or having a carjacking on a city street, or whatever else, are higher than a BART crime experience.
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Old May 15, 17, 9:49 am
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Lived in Bay Area my entire life. While there are always risks (meteor can hit the Earth), there is no doubt these risks are higher in the East Bay.
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Old May 15, 17, 10:48 am
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Originally Posted by Visconti View Post
Lived in Bay Area my entire life. While there are always risks (meteor can hit the Earth), there is no doubt these risks are higher in the East Bay.
Yes, but crime on BART is still quite low, even in the East Bay. Do what makes you feel comfortable, but I don't think the BART crime stats are alarming anywhere in the system: A total of 57 robberies in the East Bay from Jan. to March 2017. http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/...s-11108092.php

Weekday ridership is about 412,000. Gotta keep these numbers in perspective.
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Old May 16, 17, 11:38 am
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This is not the place to discuss political ramifications of living in large cities

Please keep comments to the event itself. It's tempting to go afield and discuss generalities but OMNI/PR is the place for that. Thanks!

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Old May 16, 17, 11:50 am
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http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/a...s-11133988.php
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