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Old 01-23-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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The areas to the North and East of Lake Merritt are nice but the areas to the west and south of it have crime, people I've known who lived around there didn't feel safe going out at night and would hear shootings from time to time. The Lake Merritt BART station is in the area to the south of the lake and it's in kind of a dingy and sketchy area.

I would really not tell a woman to walk alone around the Macarthur or Lake Merritt BART stations at 1AM but that's just me. Rockridge is a hell of a lot less sketchy.
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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The areas to the North and East of Lake Merritt are nice but the areas to the west and south of it have crime, people I've known who lived around there didn't feel safe going out at night and would hear shootings from time to time. The Lake Merritt BART station is in the area to the south of the lake and it's in kind of a dingy and sketchy area.

I would really not tell a woman to walk alone around the Macarthur or Lake Merritt BART stations at 1AM but that's just me. Rockridge is a hell of a lot less sketchy.
As a woman who's walked alone around both late at night, I'd have to say it depends I've also taken the bus home from MacArthur, as well. If you're walking through the Merritt neighborhood on your way home, it's a bit sketchier, but like I said, it depends.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I agree with lmkl1707. I am a woman and I've walked home from Macarthur plenty of times, incident free.

It does amaze me, considering how dense the areas around Lake Merritt are, how desserted it can be. It is just bizarre.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:23 PM
 
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Me & my husband are looking into moving to the East Bay from SF. I'm off work at 12 am and would be taking the last BART (weekends too), but it just occurred to me it might be better to avoid certain BART stations at that time.

Does anyone know which BART stations are particularly unsafe late at night?

We're looking as far out as Concord which would probably be fine but would prefer less of a commute so San Leandro, Hayward etc., and the stations around Oakland/Berkeley are the ones I'm asking about.

Thanks!

Last train is at midnight and that is from the last station on the line. You would have to hustle to make it.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:47 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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It depends. Are you looking to get shot or stabbed on the way home?

nyuk nyuk. jk. well, sorta.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:38 PM
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Bart does not run at 1am.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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Bart does not run at 1am.
It does if it's the last stop!

As I said, I'm off at midnight and would catch the last BART train, so depending on how long that trip takes it could be 1 am before I get home if move out far enough.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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Last train is at midnight and that is from the last station on the line. You would have to hustle to make it.
A guy I work with lives in the Oakland and yes, he has to hustle out to catch his train.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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I thought it might be helpful to post an email I got in response to which BART stations were considered safer by BART police:

From: Gilbert Lopez Jr <GLopez@bart.gov>
Cc: Tyrone Forte <TForte@bart.gov>; Ken Dam <KDam@bart.gov>


First of all, thank you for contacting the BART Police Department while
performing your due diligence/research for a new residence.

In looking at our most recent 2010 police statistics for part 1 crimes
(i.e. felonies such as burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, etc.), in
comparison to recent years, crime on BART is currently low. You mention in
your e-mail that you have yet to decide which neighborhood in the East Bay
you will move to, so I can only give you a general location(s) of those
neighborhoods near BART stations which are generally considered safe. Here
you go:

Oakland/Rockridge area
Lafayette, Orinda, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill areas
El Cerrito Plaza area
Fremont area

If you need specific criminal statistical information from BART Police,
please contact Crime Analyst/Officer Ken Dam (his e-mail is attached to the cc portion of this e-mail).

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you any further questions.

Regards,

Lieutenant Gil Lopez #L22
BART Police Department
800 Madison St., PO Box 12688
Oakland, Ca., 94604-2688
1(877) 679-7000 (Toll-free)
Voicemail: (510) 464-6599 Ext.: 51502
glopez@bart.gov

______________________
In a response to a further question about the Lake Merritt Station, I got this:


Aside from Laney College students travelling to and from school, the Lake
Merritt station is usually not very busy at night. Besides, the Lake
Merritt station is the location of BART Police Headquarters.

Hope this helps.
________________________

So that may explain the desertion at LK Merritt Stations at night!
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Wow, that was a really nice, detailed email. The comment about Laney students make sense. Lake Merritt BART also services a few predominantly Asian neighborhoods nearby, who seem to be the primary ridership when I get on there. It's quiet, clean, and nice-looking. The only reason it would be sketchy is if you lived somewhere that would involve having to walk through a sketchy neighborhood at night. It's super-easy to get street parking right in front of the station if you go at off-hours, though.
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