HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – There is mixed news about crime on Metro-North Railroad.

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While major crimes like robberies and assaults are down, Metro-North is reporting a jump in the theft of electronics.

MTA police chief Michael Coan says most of these thefts have occurred when commuters stop for a coffee or a sandwich at Grand Central Terminal and leave their shopping bags while they go off to the restrooms.

The Stamford Advocate says grand larcenies are up 22 percent when compared to the same period in 2010.

“What we ask people, customers and visitors to our facilities, to just to be mindful of their surroundings and be mindful of their property,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

The theft of electronics is also a problem on the New York City subway system.

Coan says, systemwide, six assaults occurred last year. Three of them were on the New Haven Line, where he says each of the incidents were closed out with an arrest.

The Advocate also reports that there were no murders or rapes on the Metro-North system in 2009, 2010, or so far in 2011.

Given the fact that there are 84 million trips a year, he says the system is extremely safe.

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