The Washington area’s 86 Metrorail train stations already have multiple surveillance cameras inside. Now, 12 stations in the District and Fairfax County also have cameras on the outside of the station.
Washington commuters pass under a new camera (Metrorail photo).
In all, 20 cameras have been installed at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood, Congress Heights, Deanwood, Minnesota Avenue, Fort Totten, Takoma, Brookland-CUA, Columbia Heights, Georgia Avenue-Petworth and Tenleytown-AU stations in Washington and at the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Franconia-Springfield stations in Virginia.
The Metro Transit Police Department said the 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.
A Metro spokeswoman said the cameras can be monitored from the station managers’ kiosk as well as by Metro officials remotely, but for the most part are for post-incident review. So the pictures will be stored for a short time.
The District of Columbia and Fairfax County provided a total of $275,000 for the cameras.
“Riders want to feel safe when they’re using Metro,” said Metro Board Chairman Jim Graham, 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.”