Park and Pillage safety takes a "quantum leap forward"

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More than one and a half years after Park and Ride security became non-existent — resulting in Park and Rides turning into Park and Pillages — Metro is excitedly touting its new $16 million security system:

Safety at METRO’s Park & Ride lots is taking a quantum leap forward with the ongoing installation of the agency’s new high-tech security system.

The Kuykendahl Park & Ride is now operational; others including the North Shepherd and Northwest Station will come online in the coming weeks. All lots are scheduled to be up and running by the end of Jaunary 2007.

“Customers need to know they’ve left their expensive assets in a secure environment,” said METRO President and CEO Frank Wilson, “and that from a personal security point of view, they are in a safe haven on METRO property.”

At the heart of the new security system are cameras that can be programmed to spot a variety of activities, from a car parked in a bus loading area to a suspicious package left near a bench. Such events will alert METRO police officers at Houston TranStar of a suspicious activity or that a crime may be in progress.

The multifaceted system also features call boxes for patrons who have an emergency or who spot suspicious activities, a public address system, and entrance gates that can be closed at a moment’s notice.

Well, at least Metro can say it didn’t rush headlong into buying a security system. I’ll bet Metro patrons (who have been victims of crime at Park and Pillages over the past 18+ months) find that reassuring.

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