New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced security cameras have been installed at all 472 subway stations, according to a press release.
Cameras were deployed Sept. 11 at the 472nd station, Broadway station on the line.
Interim President of New York City Transit Sarah Feinberg took initiative to expand security camera coverage last year. Since then, 200 stations of the 472 in the system have gained security camera coverage.
“Thanks to our incredible workforce who continue to deliver for our customers and credit to Sarah Feinberg who from the top of New York City Transit got this program accelerated,” said Craig Cipriano, acting president of MTA New York City Transit. “We have delivered on Sarah’s commitment to accelerate the camera roll-out as we look to restore confidence in the system. We recognize safety and security are top concerns for our customers, as they return to our system, and this is a significant tool in our effort to enhance rider safety.”
“We at the MTA, together with the NYPD, are driven to deliver a safer and more high-level quality of life experience in the subway system and these cameras are a big part of that,” said Patrick Warren, MTA chief safety officer. “If you are a criminal who preys on those who use our system, you will have your image captured and be put on the express track to justice. The image will be delivered to the police, and the police will use it to find you. The NYPD has been aggressively investigating every crime in the subway, which is why crime is way down this year.”
Security cameras can broadcast in real time to the subway’s security center, and they can record locally and provide material that can be used in the investigation of crimes.
The latest statistics provided by the NYPD show a decline in major felonies of 20.6% in 2021 through Aug. 31. It also shows a 28.6% increase in arrests over the same period.
Thousands of cameras have now been deployed systemwide.
The MTA said it will continue to expand the placement of cameras throughout the system.