With thousands of commuters every day, Washington, D.C. metro police had a difficult challenge - monitor and secure the stops, and subway cars, on the city's public transportation system.
So the department recently invested in several security upgrades including a new Security Operations Control Center where they can monitor video surveillance cameras, radio communications, security alarms, fire alarms, and chemical detection systems all in one location.
The difference having a centralized security headquarters made as evident almost immediately. Chief Ron Pavlik says that in 2015 alone they've made "over 500 adult arrests, over 200 cases are closed, and over 100 cases were unfounded." During that time they had over 6,200 requests for video.
Watching security video in real time helps you spot suspicious activity as it happens, increasing response time and decreasing crimes and other activity. Surveillance cameras also increase the effectiveness of security forces - instead of being limited by what they can see around them, the person monitoring cameras can watch multiple feeds at once and direct security to the areas that need it.
Since the installation of over 17,000 security cameras in its stations and vehicles, SEPTA has significantly reduced annual losses from bogus injury and damages claims reports the Security Industry Administration (SIA).
Notably, between 2012 and 2013, SEPTA recorded that the amount it had spent on claims dropped by $11 million, with its overarching goal of saving 4-5% more this fiscal year. Reaching this goal would drop claim payments down to $9 million, calculates the SIA.
Acting General Counsel Gino Benedetti says, "Not only is the payout going down, but somewhat more importantly, the number of claims and the number of lawsuits is going down." This suggests that the surveillance cameras have acted as an effective deterrent to passengers who want to take advantage of the system.
The footage of reported incidents, typically made by passengers, is carefully scrutinized by SEPTA lawyers as well the district attorney's office. The surveillance footage allows them to review exactly what happened to determine if the claim carries weight. If the claim is deemed fraudulent, the case is thrown out. It's a win-win for SEPTA.
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