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VRE Parking Lot Crime An Ongoing Nuisance

Law enforcement, VRE report progress working together to curb the crime in Fredericksburg.

Virginia Railway Express Fredericksburg Free Parking Lots.  http://www.vre.org/service/pdf/fbgparking.pdf
Virginia Railway Express Fredericksburg Free Parking Lots. http://www.vre.org/service/pdf/fbgparking.pdf  Download PDF 

City of Fredericksburg Police have filed 23 reports of motor vehicle vandalism and larceny-theft in the city's Virginia Railway Express (VRE) parking lots between July 1 and Dec. 13, 2013.

"Some of the reports represent multiple victims," said Natatia Bledsoe, Fredericksburg police public information officer.  For example, an officer responding to the VRE Lot at 399 Prince Edward St. on Nov. 29 found three vehicles with broken windows. 

That same day in the VRE Lot at 400 Sophia St., a commuter reported an unknown person smashed two windows on his vehicle. The investigating officer found a second vehicle in the lot with similar damage.

"About half of the larceny reports -- items taken -- also had incidents of vandalism," Bledsoe said.  Vandalism includes windows broken. 

A review of police reports shows most of the crime has occurred in the parking lot at 399 Prince Edward St.

"As resources allow, we have had and continue to have officers patrolling the lots, both in uniform and in plain clothes, due to the number of incidents," Bledsoe said.

VRE Deputy CEO Rich Dalton is aware of the crime in Fredericksburg lots.  "We are in contact and working with state and local police in ongoing efforts to catch the perpetrators and curb the crime," Dalton told Fredericksburg Patch.  "We have countermeasures in place, and an arrest has been made."

In October, Fredericksburg Police arrested a 17-year-old male for some of the offenses.  "He was charged as a juvenile for at least two counts of destruction of property and tampering with a vehicle, and subsequently incarcerated at the Juvenile Detention Center," Bledsoe said.

A second arrest was announced Dec. 16.  "We recently identified a second 17-year-old male as an additional suspect," Bledsoe said.  "He has been arrested and is incarcerated at the Juvenile Detention Center."

VRE riders can help deter crime by hiding all valuables (including change), ensuring no cords or suction-cup marks from cords are showing, and locking doors. 

There are 597 free parking spaces for the Fredericksburg VRE station, according to the commuter rail's website.

There are 470 spaces available for all VRE passengers:

    •    Lot A located on 100 Lafayette Blvd.: 23 spaces
    •    Lot C located on 400 Charles St.: 30 spaces
    •    Lot E located on 406 - 408 Lafayette Blvd.: 40 spaces
    •    Lot G located at 399 Prince Edward St.: 250 spaces
    •    Lot H located on 200 Prince Edward St. (entrance is through Lot G): 127 spaces

There are 127 spaces reserved for either City of Fredericksburg residents or residents from member jurisdictions:

    •    Lot B located on Caroline St.: 108 spaces reserved for City of Fredericksburg residents only.
    •    Lot D located on 406 - 408 Princess Anne St.: 19 spaces reserved for residents from member jurisdictions (Cities of Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas Park and Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Spotsylvania and Stafford) only. This lot also has six reserved spaces to accommodate 12 motorcycles.

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Michael P. Burke December 22, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Cops can't be there all the time and when they are not that's when the hoodlums come. Get Security Guards who are there all the time. Yes somebody has to pay them but it's still cheaper than paying an insurance deductible

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