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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BART Police to Escort Holiday Shoppers, Help Them Not Get Robbed

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM

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As many of you will say, the holidays aren't all eggnog shots and mistletoe hookups. It can also be both depressing and scary -- in that order.

It's especially depressing and scary if you are relying on BART instead of to do your Christmas shopping. No need to freak out -- BART cops are teaming up with Oakland and San Leandro police to man some East Bay BART stations that are "popular" (aka: super shady) and escort all you last-minute shoppers to your cars.

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The safety escorts will be out on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fruitvale, West Oakland, and Bay Fair stations.

"Those who want to be escorted to their car need only to look for officers in uniform or PD cadets and explorers, problem solving officers, police service technicians or volunteers wearing yellow safety vests," according to BART.

The safety escorts will accompany BART riders/heavy consumers to their cars parked within a three-block radius of the three stations. At West Oakland Station, there will also be two designated patrol vehicles to provide rides to those who really don't want to walk in the dark.

And while they're at it, the cops will hand out safety materials with all kinds of tips that'll help protect you and all your presents.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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