CHICAGO — A published report says theft of electronic devices fueled a recent uptick in robberies and thefts aboard Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains.
The Chicago Tribune analyzed crime data from 2009 through 2011.
The newspaper reported that thefts were the No. 1 reported crime, a number that went up 42 percent in those years. The second most common crime was robberies, which usually involve force.
Figures for this year show thefts are down from last year, but are still higher than 2009. CTA officials say they've been working on curbing the problem and have assigned more mass-transit police officers.
The newspaper examined Chicago's crime database and ridership records. Chicago police don't offer detailed reports on CTA crime. The newspaper's statistics don't include suburban areas.