WMATA Installs 20 Surveillance Cameras

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) installed 20 exterior surveillance cameras at 12 Met-rorail stations in the District of Columbia and Fairfax County, Va., to enhance security measures.

Cameras were installed at the Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, Congress Heights, Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue, Fort Totten, Takoma, Brookland, Georgia Avenue-Petworth, Tenleytown, Vienna/Fairfax and Franconia-Springfield Metrorail stations. One addi-tional camera will go up at Georgia Avenue-Petworth when construction on an adjacent building is completed.

The Metro Transit Police Department identified Metrorail stations where external surveillance cameras could help deter and prevent crime and assist police with criminal investigations. The recommendations were based on crime statistics and the need for security enhancements at these stations.

The District of Columbia provided $200,000 for its 17 cameras, and Fairfax County provided $75,000 for four of the station cameras.

“Riders want to feel safe when they’re using Metro,” said Jim Graham, Metro Board chairman, who worked to secure funding from the District of Columbia. “Cameras tend to deter crime, and we expect them to add to the security measures Metro already uses.”

“We are concerned about improving the safety of our customers not only as they travel through our system, but also as they get to and from our stations,” said Michael Taborn, Metro Transit Police chief. “Having cameras monitoring the streets leading to our stations gives us extra eyes to see what’s going on in and around our system and helps us make the Metro system safer for our riders and the communities we serve.”

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