Every New York City Subway Car Will Soon Have 2 Security Cameras
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will install security cameras throughout the city’s subway car fleet in an effort to improve safety, Governor Kathy Hochul’s office announced Tuesday. The step comes as overall crime in the city has increased over the past month.
“My number one priority as governor is keeping New Yorkers safe,” Hochul said in a statement. “I am proud that we are installing cameras on all subway cars, expanding our security capabilities, deterring crime and supporting our law enforcement.”
With $2 million in funding from the federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant program as well as $3.5 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, more than 12,700 cameras will be purchased and installed in subway cars. In total, each metro car will receive two cameras.
According to the Hochul office, cameras will be added to 200 railcars each month until the installation process is completed, which is expected to take place in 2025.
The funds will also expand camera coverage in around 130 metro stations across the city.
Currently, all 472 subway stations in the city are equipped with cameras, and there are about 200 cameras in 100 subway cars.
“Cameras in the transit system have been proven time and time again to help fight crime across the city, not just on the subway,” New York City Transit Chairman Richard Davey said Tuesday in a statement. a statement. “Expanding the camera network will serve to deter those who intend to commit a crime from entering the transit system.”
The latest measure to reduce violence in the city comes as New York City saw a 26% increase in overall crime this year in August compared to the same month in 2021. During this period, robberies increased 38%, robberies increased by 34.7. % and burglaries increased by 31.1%. However, August marked the fourth lowest number of shootings since the early 1990s in New York.
Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said “much more needs to be done to tackle crime in our city.”
“We must move forward as we continue to advocate for further improvements in the state’s well-intentioned criminal justice reforms that too many repeat offenders and violent criminals exploit,” she said in a statement. .