My car was stolen from South Hayward Bart last week. The thieves emptied my trunk onto the parking lot before taking my vehicle. That evening, I went to talk to the Bart cop and was told to wait in line ... a lady who had her car stolen was already in the process of reporting it. When it was my turn, the Bart cop told me that the previous Monday 2 other cars were stolen from this same lot. As I gave my report, another guy walked up and said his car was broken into. The cop also said 2 people were robbed on Bart in between South Hayward and Hayward station within the last 2 weeks.
My car was found 5 days later ... in a lesser condition than when it was taken. BUT ... the door was not forced, the ignition was not forced ... in fact it looked like the thieves HAD KEYS. The thieves had left clothing, had left purchases from Safeway, and left several unique 'tags' in my car. The police declined to investigate (check with Safeway in the area the car was found, take fingerprints from the effects left behind) ... in fact they never spoke to me again about my car theft. As far as they were concerned ... it never happened. I have since bought a Club and an alarm ... I mean since the crooks can take my car at will ... I had to do something to feel even a little secure that I would have a car when I returned from work ... let alone the fact that the thieves had my home address from my registration so could come by MY HOUSE and get my car anytime they needed a ride.
I guess this is a pretty common story. The sad lack of personal/property protection makes me want to damn global warming and drive to work. I have written mayor Sweeney (Hayward Mayor), the Bart police, my city council, and several newspapers. I plan to post flyers all over South Hayward station, both on Bart property and around it ... warning people about the dangerous level of crime at that station.
Does anyone know where the BART crime statistics can be found ? I cannot find anyone or any (web) site which lists the crimes done on Bart property or to it's patrons. I get the feeling that the last thing Bart wants us to know is how dangerous it is to ride their over-priced, ill kept, poorly managed transit system. And if anyone has a suggestion on who to contact, write to, call, or e-mail to get any attention focused on this , please, please let me know.
I used to think Muni was a flawed transit system ... now its looking pretty good.