Published : Friday, June 28, 2013 | 12:45 PM
In a new initiative to improve safety and security on buses and trains, Metro recently unveiled a workable smartphone app that will allow patrons to report transit-related crimes and suspicious activity that may occur throughout the Metro system.
â€œA vital new component in our comprehensive effort to enhance safety for our riders and operators, this smartphone app allows the public to assist law enforcement by reporting suspicious and criminal activity in a timely manner,â€ said Metro Board Chair Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The free security application is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play for iPhone and Android devices, search LA Metro Transit Watch.
Once downloaded, patrons can report suspicious activity, incidents that require law enforcementâ€™s presence and crimes that may occur on board Metro buses and trains, according to a news statement.
The user can be connected by telephone to the Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch Center or send a photograph via email where deputies and other professional staff receive it and respond appropriately.
The new LA Metro Transit Watch smartphone app is part of the new TransitWatchLA.org website that engages the riding public to help Los Angeles County Sherriff Department (LASD) deputies and security personnel protect employees and patrons, according to the news statement.
â€œWith this new smartphone app, if anyone wants to report graffiti, if an elevator or escalator is not operating correctly, or if a person needs assistance, it can be reported securely and anonymously,â€ said Metro Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy. â€œMetro remains committed to providing the region with safe, clean, reliable and convenient public transit service.â€