Commuter Rail Safety
Crime is down substantially throughout the MTA network, and riding the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and Staten Island Railway has never been safer. To help keep you from being the victim of a crime, we ask that you follow these common-sense rules:
Don't flash cash
It's a good idea to carry as little cash as possible and rely on credit cards, debit cards, or checks. Above all, never display large sums of money in a crowd or on a train.
Don't leave valuables behind
Even if it's "just for a second," don't leave any bags or briefcases unattended. It's a lot easier to carry your bag to the station booth when you want to check a schedule than it is to replace its contents.
Keep your pocketbook in front of you
A loose bag is an open invitation. Make sure your bag is securely closed and carry it in front of you so no one can slip it open or snatch it from behind.
Keep your wallet in your front or inside pocket
A back pocket is the easiest place for a pickpocket to reach. When traveling, keep your wallet in your front pants pocket or jacket.
Briefcases, pocketbooks, backpacks, and suitcases should be marked for identification purposes. When possible, use a business rather than a home address. If you use the overhead compartment, don't assume your valuables are safe. As an added precaution, record model and serial numbers, especially of cell phones, laptop computers, and other electronic devices, all of which are popular with thieves. That will help identify them if they are lost or stolen. Stay alert for suspicious behavior.
Never assume you're safe
Traveling the same route every day can lead to a false sense of security. Crime prevention is a daily job and should be an important part of your trip. The more alert and aware you are, the less likely you are to be the victim of a crime.
Sound the alarm
If you are the victim of a pickpocket or thief, announce it immediately to let your fellow passengers and railroad employees know that there is a thief in the area. This will increase the chance that the perpetrator will be apprehended and your valuables returned.
If you think your property has been stolen notify the MTA Police at 212-878-1000 as soon as possible. All reports of stolen property are investigated by the Police Department.
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