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Title: THREE SOLUTIONS IN REDUCTION OF CRIMINAL OPPORTUNITY IN MASS TRANSPORTATION
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Loss Prevention Institute, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 161
Sponsoring Agency: Chicago Dept of Public Works
Chicago, IL 60602
Loss Prevention Institute, Inc
New York, NY 10016
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Contract Number: 35811
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS TEXT DISCUSSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF CRIME AND THE IMPROVEMENT IN REAL AND PERCEIVED LEVELS OF PROTECTIONS AFFORDED MASS TRANSIT PATRONS IN CHICAGO, ILL.
Abstract: THREE CRIME-REDUCING SOLUTIONS PERTAIN TO THE FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT OF THE RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM, WHILE THE FOURTH PERTAINS TO MINOR MODIFICATIONS IN THE 'OPEN PLAN' CONCEPT. THE FIRST SOLUTION CALLS FOR THE REMOTE MONITORING OF TRANSIT PATRONS IN ORDER TO INSTILL IN FELONS A PERCEPTION OF REDUCED OPPORTUNITY TO COMMIT CRIMES AND IN PATRONS A SENSE OF INCREASED PERSONAL PROTECTION. THE SECOND SOLUTION INVOLVES A MODULAR SYSTEM DESIGNED TO REMIND THE PATRON TO BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL DANGER. UPON ENTERING A STATION, PATRONS TRIP AN ELECTRONIC SENSOR THAT TRIGGERS A RECORDING REMINDING THEM TO REMAIN WITHIN A COLOR-CODED SECTION OF THE PLATFORM SUBJECT TO NONREMOTE SURVEILLANCE. THE THIRD SOLUTION IS DESIGNED TO OFFER TRANSIT EMPLOYEES (I.E. CONDUCTORS) AN ABILITY TO EXERCISE JUDGMENT AS TO THE NEED FOR POLICE ASSISTANCE. WHEN CONDUCTORS PERCEIVE A POTENTIAL DANGER TO THEMSELVES OR A PATRON, THEY CAN TRANSMIT A REMOTE RADIO CALL FOR ASSISTANCE WHICH WILL IN TURN BE COMMUNICATED DIRECTLY TO PATROL VEHICLES WITHIN 0.5 MILES OF THE TRAIN. THE FOURTH SOLUTION--ALREADY IN USE BY THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY--IS THE OPEN VISIBILITY CONCEPT; PATRONS ARE AFFORDED UNOBSTRUCTED VISIBILITY OF THE TRANSIT ENVIRONMENT, WHICH PERMITS THEM TO RECOGNIZE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE MOMENT. EACH SOLUTION IS DISCUSSED INDIVIDUALLY, WITH ATTENTION TO DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION CONSIDERATIONS, EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION, AND BUDGETARY FACTORS. TABULAR DATA, MAPS, AND DIAGRAMS ARE PROVIDED. (KBL)
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Environmental design; Illinois; Transportation; Urban planning
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