Main Line Officials Want SEPTA Cameras To Help Stop Crime

Main Line Officials Want SEPTA Surveillance Cameras To Help Stop Crime

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RADNOR TWP., Pa. -

When SEPTA trains roll into stations in Radnor Township, Main Line passengers aren't the only ones getting on and off. Police say criminals are now using the rails to pull off home burglaries here and make their getaway.

"This could be a route of where some of these bad guys are going," says Radnor Township Manager Robert Zienkowski.

"They come in from the city, they come in on the rail lines. They'll go to the neighborhoods that are close by within walking distance, they'll break into the houses," Radnor Det. Jim Santoliquito told FOX 29.

Detectives say burglars can get in and out of town in a hurry using SEPTA trains. They go undetected because there are no surveillance cameras at stations here.

"We were a little shocked that they weren't covering this area," Zienkowski said.

So now Radnor is asking SEPTA to install cameras at several locations here. Officials are convinced if the cameras go up, crime could go down.

"If we can get video from them getting on the trains and find out where they were going, maybe interview people in the area at that time, it would helpful to us," Det. Santoliquito explained.

"People have come forward when they've seen these images to say, 'I know who this person is,'" Zienkowski added.

SEPTA rider Walter blyzniuk rides the rails to New York almost every day. He was surprised that there are no surveillance cameras at the stations. He thinks putting cameras up would make the area safer.

"I think definitely they would help, but I think the response time is the thing that's going to be most important," he said.

The township is sending a letter to the SEPTA board asking to become part of SEPTA's $50 million state-of-the-art video surveillance network. They hope that will derail burglars and other criminals who are preying on the Main Line.

"It would be great if we did have cameras or video images to monitor that," Zienkowski said.

A spokeswoman for SEPTA says the agency will review the letter from Radnor when the SEPTA Board receives it. She says there are 153 regional rail stations and only seven have surveillance cameras.

SEPTA has chosen to concentrate most of it's 12,000 cameras, and 1,200 live camera feeds on the subways and on buses where crime is more prevalent. The agency will try to work with Radnor to address these concerns.

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