PORTLAND -- Crimes reported on the TriMet transit system were up by 13 percent from 2011 to 2012, led by thefts, the agency reported Wednesday.
Among the crimes, security director Harry Saporta said 92 vehicles were stolen from TriMet Park & Rides in 2012, up from 59 in 2011.
He also said there was a dramatic spike in the number of smartphones stolen on trains and buses.
Saporta added that 17 percent of the thefts involved items people left behind that were never recovered, including phones, wallets, bags, umbrellas and bikes. More than 26,000 items went into TriMet's lost and found and only 5,445 of them were claimed.
Reports of physical crimes, including assault and rape, were down systemwide during the same period.
More than half of the crimes reported on the TriMet system in 2012 happened between downtown Portland and East 162nd Avenue, Soporta said. Crime was up 26 percent downtown, 23 percent in the Lloyd District and 22 percent on the eastside stops.
Fewer TriMet crimes were reported in 2012 than in 2011 in Beaverton and Hillsboro.