SFMTA: Undercover and uniformed police lead to drop in Muni crimes

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Do you feel safer on Muni lately? Crime on Muni has dropped 18 percent from February 2015 to February 2016, according to SF Police Department Lieutenant Tim Paine. In a report by the SFMTA, the SFPD’s Muni Task Force, Muni Enforcement Team, and K-9 unit are using a combination of uniformed and plain-clothed officers on Muni to dissuade crime.

Wait, undercover police office on Muni? Here’s more from the report:

The Muni Task Force, or MTF, consists of plain clothes police officers who conduct covert and overt operations. They ride the lines as undercover officers doing active crime enforcement to target pickpockets, narcotics dealers and other illegal criminal behavior known to plague certain Muni lines and bus stops. Muni Task Force members also handle follow-up investigations where necessary.

The SFPD says that surveillance cameras on Muni buses also provide them with photos “as clear as a high school yearbook picture” of suspects, whom the police then distribute across the department.

Still, fighting, vandalism, and theft remain the top three illegal activities on Muni vehicles in February 2016, according to Paine. So keep your eyes up and your phones down, everybody.

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Montgomery Street Station’s Secret Breakroom

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It makes total sense that there would be a break room at the Montgomery Street Station, but who would have imagined how magical it looks!?

Curbed editor Brock Keeling caught a glimpse of the very domestic-looking room. It’s like the wardrobe doors opened and Narnia is a 1980s San Francisco apartment kitchen! The only thing that could make this better is the smell of buttered toast, tea, and boxes of Turkish Delight on the counter.

For another delight from Brock, check out his wonderful sneak peek of the new SFMoMA on Curbed.

Video: 16th Street BART Station Cellist Killing It

Does anyone know this cellist at the 16th Street BART station? I’ve seen him a handful of times and finally got a quick clip this weekend. I also love this quartet at Powell Street station. And for a different flavor, here’s Adrian rocking out at Powell station too.

Thanks, Mr. Cellist, for making our day!

Doves keep crying for Prince in Muni graffiti

Kind of looks like Kurt Vonnegut drew this… #muni #sfmuni #graffiti #ripprince #prince

A photo posted by Lance Eason (@lanceblastoff) on

Heaven will never be the same now that Prince has joined the ranks, and the mourning continues down here on Earth for The Purple One. Thank you @lanceblastoff for snapping this Kurt Vonnegut-esque graffiti on Muni. We’re still playing that bit of “Kiss” from the one-woman band/mime at Muni Diaries Live, and hoping that raspberry beret will always have a special meaning.

By the way, out of all the Prince live show clips, this one from Afropunk will really blow your mind as Prince kicks serious ass on every single instrument on stage.

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