Magazine article Security Management

Who's Been Working the Railroad? (News and Trends)

Magazine article Security Management

Who's Been Working the Railroad? (News and Trends)

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Traveling by train this summer? You may want to watch your wallet or purse, especially on station escalators, when on platforms, and near the doors on board. Those are the places where travelers are most vulnerable, according to David Young, a former criminal investigator with Amtrak, who recently looked into pickpocketing activity on trains or in stations in the New York area.

According to his recently released analysis, which studied station and train larcenies occurring from May 1999 to May 2000, the typical victim was a female in her thirties, and incidents occurred most often during evening rush hours and peak shopping times.

In the on-board cases, thieves would typically bump their victims as they stepped onto the train, scooting out just before the doors closed. During the 18 minutes it takes for a train leaving New York's Penn Station to arrive at the first stop in New Jersey, the thief would have time to ring up hundreds of dollars in credit card charges. …

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