A representative from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco said this week that all of its train cars will be equipped with a working camera system as soon as possible in an effort to boost safety for passengers.
“Staff is already working on funding options, a procurement plan and a deployment strategy,” Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said. “Our riders and employees' safety is BART's top priority.”
The new Fleet of the Future trains that BART has added to its fleet already have cameras installed on all of their cars. All future cars will have cameras installed on them as well, Trost said.
“Prior to this announcement, we utilized a robust surveillance system with cameras located in train cars, on platforms, in stations, and even on our individual police officers,” Trost said. “However, the ability of decoy cameras to deter crime depends on the principle of uncertainty. Once that uncertainty was removed, our strategy was rendered ineffective.”