Windows smashed on 11 vehicles parked at East Bay BART station in a single day

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On Thursday, windows were smashed on 11 vehicles parked at the Ashby BART station, transit agency officials said.

Chris Filippi, a BART spokesperson, said BART police were notified by someone who spotted the multiple shattered windows at 2:35 p.m.

BART police were investigating the incident, Filippi said Friday, but had yet to identify any suspects. No one was hurt, he said, and police are still collecting information on items stolen from cars with smashed windows.

Broken windows and other car break-ins are not uncommon in BART parking lots, but Filippi said the number of cars targeted at one location at a time is certainly unusual.

A total of 882 cars were broken into systemwide in 2021, Filippi said, compared to 1,038 in 2020.

“We actually saw a drop last year,” he said.

Current statistics were not immediately available.

With gas prices soaring and more commuters returning to their offices, ridership on BART is increasing, peaking at 144,517 – Wednesday – or about 35% of its pre-pandemic one-day baseline. week of April. It was BART’s busiest day since March 2020, before shelter-in-place orders went into effect and ridership plummeted.

BART has put more police on trains and at stations to have a strong visible presence as the system becomes increasingly congested, Filippi said, but also encourages passengers to keep an eye on their surroundings. People parking their cars should observe the same vigilance, he said, keeping valuables out of sight.

Lateefah Simon, the BART manager for the district that includes Ashby Station, said it’s reasonable for drivers to expect their cars to be safe when left at BART.

“People should be able to park and return to their car without incident,” she said.

Michael Cabanatuan (he/him) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @ctuan

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