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Title: Transit Security - A Description of Problems and Countermeasures
Author(s): R A Mauri; N A Cooney; G J Prowe
Corporate Author: US Dept of Transportation
Transportation Systems Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 125
Sponsoring Agency: Dade Cty Office of the Cty Manager
Miami, FL 33130
US Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590
US Dept of Transportation
Cambridge, MA 02142
Sale Source: Dade Cty Office of the Cty Manager
73 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on site visits to 13 transit systems, this report examines the basic security problems facing mass transit systems and the countermeasures being used by transit authorities.
Abstract: The systems studied included bus, light rail, and heavy rail and represented a variety of sizes and geographical locations. At each site, representatives of both transit organizations and nontransit organizations, such as government agencies and businesses, were interviewed. Security problems discussed included crimes against passengers and employees; crimes involving revenues, including fare evasion by patrons and revenue theft by employees; and crimes against transit property, including vandalism and graffiti. Identified security measures were grouped into three categories: policing activities, security systems and technology, and outreach programs dealing with the public and criminal justice personnel. Transit security was found to be a large and multifaceted problem that seriously detracts from the continued viability of public transportation. Both transit riders and the public bear the financial and social costs of this crime. Better data are needed regarding the problem. Further problems are reactive approaches to transit security, lack of information sharing, and underuse of available security measures. Better recordkeeping, more research, and actions by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration to improve information exchange are needed. Tables, an appendix presenting the study instrument, 34 references, and a bibliography listing 15 sources are supplied.
Index Term(s): Mass transit security; Security systems; Services effectiveness; Subway crime prevention
Note: UMTA Technical Assistance Program
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