MAY AIM CAMERAS AT CRIME
February 2, 1996
DAVID R. ANDERSON
Summary: Video surveillance of Portland's transit mall is being
considered as one way to prevent robberies, thefts and drug dealing
Leaders in Portland's commuter and shopping
hub looking for
answers to persistent crime might turn to help from above -- video
Police and downtown merchants are considering
the use of overhead
cameras in the transit mall as one of several crime-fighting measures,
said Lt. Dave Austin of the Portland Police Bureau. No
money has been
set aside for the project, and it could be
a year away if it ever happens.
But supporters are looking hard at ways to stave off problems in the
downtown transit mall.
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Stephen Orr, Tri-Met security director, said the mall is the scene
robberies, thefts and drug dealing, not to mention hassles for ordinary
trying to avoid aggressive street types.
TRI-MET EXPANDS MAX SURVEILLANCE
September 26, 1996
GORDON OLIVER -
Summary: In the next year, all the rail
cars will be equipped with cameras,
as will six more stations along the eastside line and four stations
on the west side
Tri-Met will improve security on the
MAX system by installing surveillance
cameras in trains and adding them at some of its busiest stations.
The goal is to
have the improved security system in operation before the
opening of the westside light-rail line in September
1998, said Neil McFarlane,
Tri-Met's light-rail project control manager.
Tri-Met operations managers will be able
to watch for dangerous
situations and vandalism. They will be access to police and can warn
admonish people at stations through a loudspeaker system.
Tri-Met now has security cameras on 40
buses. The agency has no
data showing cameras in the buses or three MAX stations have reduced
crime and vandalism, said Tri-Met spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. But she
said drivers, passengers and maintenance crews all say the equipment
eases their fear of crime.
Lt. Rosie Sizer, who is assigned to Tri-Met security,
agreed that some criminals are less likely to cause problems if they
they are being watched.
``Cameras are part
of the solution, but not the total solution,'' she said
. Sizer said police, both uniformed and undercover,
also help increase
security on light rail.
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