MARTA Installing $17 Million Security Camera System
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority announced the installation of new security cameras on their buses and trains. The cost of the system is a reported to be $17 million, and will include buses with up to 11 cameras on board.
MARTA claims that the system “will act as a highly visible deterrent against operator assaults, crime and acts of terror,” according to MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham.
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The CBS story quotes MARTA General Manager/CEO Beverly Scott: “We want everyone to know that their safety is of utmost importance to MARTA, and we will take the necessary steps to ensure that they have a safe transit experience and work environment.” However, it is unclear from these reports whether the video captured by the camera system will be monitored in real-time by anyone who might be able to intervene in an assault on a patron.
Unfortunately, a current client represented by The Crime Victim Law Group was stabbed during an attempted carjacking at the Kensington MARTA transit station, where security cameras were already installed. It is important for anyone relying on security cameras to keep them safe to understand that these cameras aren’t always working. And, even when they are working, they aren’t always being monitored by a person who can intervene before an assault takes place.
If you or a loved one have been injured on property owned or operated by a public transit authority, you may have a civil claim against the authority. To learn more about your rights, contact the attorneys at The Crime Victim Law Group: http://victima.wpengine.com/contact-us/
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