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TTC reports drop in crimes against customers

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - The number of criminal code offences and, 
in particular, the number of crimes against customers, on the TTC 
decreased in 1998, a report to the Commission indicates.
    Criminal code offences have decreased by 6.6 per cent, to 3,198, 
while crimes against customers, including commuter parking lot crime, 
have fallen by 14 per cent to 1,917.
    "The TTC's 57 Special Constables have been focusing on crimes 
against customers so this decrease is significant in addressing the 
perception that crime is on the increase," said TTC Chief Security 
Officer Mike Walker. Eleven more constables began training this week.
    At the same time, criminal code offences in commuter parking lots 
have increased to 454 from 369, up 23 per cent.
    "Among other strategies, the TTC is urging Toronto Police to spend
their breaks in their cruisers in TTC parking lots," said Walker. 
"Their coming and going at TTC lots will help deter thefts."
    Commissioner Brian Ashton described the TTC as "a very safe 
    "Statistics showing a drop in crime on the TTC are very welcome,"
he said.


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