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LIRR takes steps to curb employee thefts

Posted on January 28, 2013

Following the arrest of 15 employees, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Helena Williams said that the railroad is taking immediate action to tighten security to prevent the future theft of materials, including increased video surveillance of yards and shops where scrap metal is stored and more secure storage bins across our property.

Williams said that the employees charged in the case have been suspended without pay. If they are convicted, she said the LIRR fire them and move to terminate their pensions.

Now that the District Attorney's investigation has culminated in arrests, Williams said LIRR can move forward with a security plan developed with the assistance of Inspector General Barry Kluger to tighten up its procedures for handling scrap metal and other actions in an effort to prevent this type of activity from occurring in the future.

Specifically, she said, the LIRR will take the following steps:

  • Secure Bins – Currently, scrap is stored in open bins at various yards across the LIRR. The railroad is in the process of procuring large, enclosed bins for scrap storage.
  • Increase Video Surveillance – An internal security assessment is underway at the 12 yards where scrap metal is stored to determine where additional video surveillance cameras should be placed.
  • Restrict Employee Parking – The LIRR will restrict employee parking near the storage bins.
  • Adopt New Internal Controls – New procedures have been adopted to better track every piece of new and used valuable metals that moves through LIRR shops and yards. High level managers will be responsible for insuring material is accounted for.
  • Vehicle Tracking – The current GPS-based vehicle tracking system in place proved helpful during the investigation as some employees used company vehicles to facilitate these alleged thefts. We will continue to use that system to do random audits of vehicle usage to detect any deviations. If people are driving places that are not connected with a job site, we will pick that up.
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