“We have seen an increase at South Station of the numbers of larcenies, so that has been an area that we want to target,’’ said MacMillan, adding that it “is one of our busiest stations as well.’’
“I’ve always known it’s not risk-free taking the T,’’ McElduff said. “It’s a risk every time.’’
Various forms of theft burglaries, larcenies, and robberies rose across the system last year.
Larcenies increased by 11 percent, robberies jumped 24 percent, and burglaries were up 62 percent.
Transit police noted a rise in cellphone thefts as more commuters carry more expensive devices. Officials have been running awareness campaigns in an effort to reduce the crimes.
“This is a problem, not only for us but many agencies,’’ MacMillan said. “These are a very popular item. . . . People have their cellphones out; it can be easily stolen; it can be grabbed from the hands when the doors open. Or they’re not paying attention because they’ve got their headphones in, and it can be easily stolen that way.’’
Other highlights from the T data:
■ Across the system, assaults rose 39 percent and auto thefts rose 88 percent. One homicide (a bus stabbing) occurred last year, compared with none in 2009. There were three reported rapes, compared with two in 2009.
■ Andrew Station in South Boston saw the most dramatic change. Reports of serious crimes quadrupled to 22 last year, compared with five in 2009.
■ Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain saw the most reported assaults, with 10.