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Another Viewpoint - TRAX Crime

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A recent KSL editorial called on the Utah Transit Authority "to prevent the widespread crime that is occurring in UTA parking lots near TRAX stations." Our editorial followed an investigative report on the Eyewitness News that identified a number of concerns.

UTA responded by saying, "Safety is a top priority at the Utah Transit Authority." They called KSL's reports "inaccurate and misleading."

"Vehicle burglaries at TRAX parking lots are consistent with other locations where cars are parked for several hours, but they represent a modest percentage of all vehicle burglaries."

"UTA police officers actively patrol TRAX lots and conduct programs to promote safety."

"Violent crimes are rare on TRAX because officers ride the trains, protecting riders and responding to situations before they escalate."

"Safety is about protecting people first. UTA's police officers are highly trained professionals who patrol the entire system, ensuring the safety of the 13 million people that ride TRAX every year."

The complete transcript of UTA's response can be found by clicking on the links to the right.

Meantime, KSL stands by our reporting, our analysis of crime statistics and our editorial position. Crime in UTA park and ride lots is a serious problem that UTA needs to address.

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