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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Farrell suggests camera surveillance for trains

Smart idea. Makes you wonder why this hasn't been done already.

From The Danbury News Times
Cameras in train stations could be an option for Connecticut and neighboring states in the wake of the London train bombings.

Westport First Selectman Diane Farrell, a candidate for Congress, proposes installing cameras at Connecticut train stations in an attempt to prevent similar bombings here.

London police quickly got leads on bombing suspects because of a high-tech video security network in the subway system, Farrell said.

Such surveillance equipment could help prevent terrorist attacks on Metro-North Railroad or help police track suspects if something happened at a station, said Farrell, a Democrat who plans to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays in 2006 for the 4th Congressional District seat.

"There ought to be improved surveillance equipment along the entire Metro-North line," said Farrell, who is also chairwoman of the South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, a state agency made up of the eight municipal leaders in lower Fairfield County. "There should be cameras on platforms and cameras in the parking lots. We should at least try to improve the surveillance technologies that we have in place."

I couldn't agree more.