All over their train stations in Chicago, CTA has announced new security measures. The announcement comes right after the Red Line man was violently attacked.
CTA has attempted numerous solutions to try and keep violence off their services.
A group of individuals approached a man on the Red Line around 95th Street on Sunday. They robbed him by reaching into his pockets. The victim was then struck in the head with a wine bottle by one of the suspects, who then started to blood.
The two suspects visible in the video captured by witnesses are now the subject of a reward for information leading to their capture. To try to improve train safety, the CTA has been collaborating with the Chicago Police Department. Each of the agencies has claimed to have increased patrols of armed and unarmed security personnel as well as K9 units on the trains.
Teshaun Terry, who captured the incident on camera, claimed she had never seen anything like it before. She claimed that because she relies on the train, she hasn’t seen any significant improvements in terms of safety so far. She remarked, “I wanted people to know how dangerous riding the CTA at night is. Like nobody is there to keep everyone safe.
The CTA claims to have completed placing cameras in every attendant booth at each of the 146 rail stations, which is another effort to try to boost safety throughout its train system, these cameras will let them see what’s going on in real-time. At customer assistant booths there will be live monitors from the cameras. The monitors will be placed so that the person on duty will have access to view them from either inside or outside the booth.
Funding for the project, which cost $2 million, is from the CTA’s annual operating budget.
On March 9, after a sequence of violent attacks, The mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot as well as police Supt. David Brown had a news conference at the Chicago Avenue Red Line stop, where a couple of teenagers had beaten and robbed two people previous days ago.
The number of violent crimes on the L and buses has gone up to a level that has not been seen in over a decade, Through July 19, over 480 attacks had been reported on the transportation system the most since 533 during the same time period in 2011.
The amount of passengers has stayed relatively low ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. That means passengers of the transit are more likely to be a victim to a violent crime today than they were a few years ago, based on city crime data.
The city no longer has a data portal online and available to the public that tracked each crime on the CTA but the stopped system in question was last updated in 2011.
In 2018 and 2019, when there were much more riders, violent crimes added up to 13% of the crimes.
As more violent crimes have been carried out, the deployment of police officers on the CTA system hasn’t kept being able to keep up with them.
There are 145 officers assigned to the Chicago Police Department’s transit units, but they are down 92 officers from a peak in April 2020. They are assisted by more than 250 unarmed, private security guards.
Written By Lance Santoyo
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