Security Camera Installations Aim to Boost Safety Measures at Denver Park-n-Ride Lots

More than a dozen Regional Transportation District park-n-ride lots are getting video surveillance systems this year.

DENVER – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) here has expanded its security measures in recent years, including a new mobile app that lets dispatchers better communicate with tipsters. Another tool allows staffers to retrieve security video footage without having to physically meet a bus, and some trains are testing forward-looking infrared cameras that may one day warn operators of people or objects on the tracks, the Denver Post reported.

Denver police are recording more calls for service at park-n-ride locations in the city. As new locations open for metro-area commuters to park their cars while hopping on public transportation, some have raised concerns about safety for themselves and their cars.

“It’s a crime waiting to happen,” Andrew Deitel, whose car was broken into in October while parked at an RTD park-n-ride, told the newspaper. “Why are they unsecured lots when they’re making you pay for it?”

RTD opened six new park-n-ride locations with the April opening of the train line to the airport. More than 10 other parking lots will open this year, adding about 3,000 additional parking spots near stations along three new rail lines.

RTD already operates 78 park-n-ride locations. Officials have included security considerations in the design plans of the facilities before they’re built, and cameras or conduits are budgeted into new parking lots, according to the newspaper.

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This year, 13 existing RTD surface lots are scheduled to get live feed security cameras, but at least 17 older lots don’t yet have any live video feeds. Some of those 17 have recorded video that isn’t watched live, and some have no video at all, but RTD couldn’t clarify how many are in each situation.

Data on incidents at parking locations are recorded separately and in different ways by RTD and local police agencies, depending on who is called.

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