Decoy Video Surveillance Cameras on San Francisco Trains Exposed After Deadly Shooting Onboard

The majority of security cameras on the Bay Area Rapid Transit are fake, meant as a cheap method of deterring crime.

OAKLAND, Calif. — A deadly shooting that occurred on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) here this past weekend was not captured on the train’s video surveillance cameras.

How could a security camera just feet away from the scene of the crime not record it? Because the majority of BART’s surveillance cameras are decoys, The San Francisco Chronicle has learned.

BART officials said on Wednesday that most of the cameras are incapable of recording any video footage.

Despite the lack of video evidence on the train, images of the suspect surfaced from recordings taken before he entered the train and after he fled from it on Saturday.

Currently, riders might see four video surveillance cameras on every BART car, but most of them are fake as a cheap method of deterring crime. A spokeswoman for BART’s Board of Directors told The Chronicle working security cameras will be featured on every BART car, but the majority of them won’t arrive prior to 2017.

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