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Cameras Installed On Buses As Assaults Increase

Photo by Erica Sherman

Welcome Big Brother!

Hoping to provide everyone with more safety, the NYPD and MTA are installing cameras and driver safety partitions in hundreds of buses, according to the New York Post.

Since last year, the number of felony assaults against bus drivers rose by 20 percent, and authorities hope the cameras will stop crimes from happening or help police identify the suspects. With 195 buses already having cameras in them, the MTA hopes to add 231 camera-equipped buses to the fleet in the spring. Sheepshead Bites’ transit writer, Allan Rosen, tells us they’ve been installed in the recent batch of B1 buses.

“An attack against any MTA employee is an attack against all of us, and we will do everything we can to eliminate these deplorable acts,” said Joseph Lhota, the MTA executive director.

Now whenever the MTA purchases a new bus, it will come with a Plexiglass partition. As for the old ones, they plan to place the partition in them. Little by little, all 4,576 buses will have tools to prevent crime.

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  1. Provide rifles and marksmanship training to all bus drivers, guaranteed to lower assaults.  Camera’s might help with catching the perps but I doubt that will do anything to decrease the number of crimes.

  2. Ned I saw the cameras in one of new buses which is on the B1 and all other routes out of Ulmer Park (B1, B3, B36, etc)  I cannot say for sure if all the new buses have them. It may have just been a test bus.  I believe I read that they will be installed in all the newer model buses, probably not in the buses scheduled for retirement soon.

  3. Big Brother’s been here — even before 1984! Sadly, our government has decided the most convenient way to solve, and possibly deter, crime, is with cameras on every corner, when what is really needed is a chicken in every pot. Just remember, if you don’t do the crime, just smile–you’re on candid camera!

  4. After much contemplation, I’ve decided there is nothing wrong with a “ring of steel” like CCTV in the UK. It may not deter crime but it helps investigations. Necessary investigations.

    My concern with this is that because the Bus Driver is protected by the partition, a nutcase who wants to fight with the driver will take it out on passengers. Not that it is in the Bus Driver’s job to take one for the rest of us. But still. There’s going to be a lot of banging, attempted smashings, and spit and snot on those partitions once the uptick in denials of free rides occurs (which it probably will now that the bus driver won’t be as afraid to say no). On the other hand, as with that tragedy on the Queens bus last week, spasms of crazed violence are going to happen whenever and however.

  5. The union has been fighting for this for years. It is no different than providing partitions to protect taxi drivers after a rash of robberies and killings.

  6. No. simply a concerned citizen looking out for state workers.  But I guess if wanting  drivers to be able to to protect themselves from assault makes me a nut I am a nut. 

  7. Exactly.. as said above, how will the cameras help protect the daily commuters at the time of the crime? Not like someone will sit there and monitor the cameras 24/7 making sure nothing fishy is going on..

    Many of the buses in east NY have the plexiglass partition and the cameras… Made me think twice before getting on the bus the first time ive seen it.

  8. As long as it is not at the expense of fare hikes to the straphangers. Make the garbage that commit these crimes foot the bill.

  9. I thought this was going to be a story about how the boats in the bay are being robbed over night. Even ripping out electrical wiring on the docks. At least one Captain has spent many a night on his ship protecting what is his livelihood. 


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