Robberies are down on the metro system, but they’re still significant highly.
Between July 22nd and September 30th 2010 there were 6,346 offences in the underground.
Between July 22nd and September 30th 2011 there were 4,473 offences in the underground.
The 4,473 incidents spanned 71 days, which is an average of 63 offences per day.
The 4,473 broke down as follows (for robbery):
- 1,833 for alleged theft-related crimes and petty offences, or 41% of total, or 26 a day
- 447 for violent or threatening muggings, or 10% of total, or 6 a day.
That’s a total of 2,280 robberies in total, or 51% of the overall tally, or 32 a day.
Remember, these are reported crimes, may individuals do not report crime. Also remember this is just on the underground/metro.
The Chief of the Guàrdia Urbana, Evelio Vázquez, admitted that “the metro was an area of impunity” and that “certain groups had become so prolific that action needed to be taken against them”. “Now the metro is just another street in the city,” he said.
Over the entire 2010 period, there were some 113,439 robberies, of which 32,043 were considered serious (because the value of that robbed was more than €400) and 81,396 considered not serious (because the value of that robbed was less than €400.) This means that on average there were 310 crimes committed daily, the majority by repeat offenders. Here is the source of the data.