SEPTA Debuts New Transit Police Unit - New York News

SEPTA Debuts New Transit Police Unit

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

A new unit with the SEPTA Transit Police hit the streets today. The unit will put officers in places where they think crimes will be committed before they happen. Hotspots include on the buses, rails, and subways.

Crime on SEPTA is a reality for riders.

"I've been robbed before on the L," says Maura Stein of Northeast Philadelphia.

"I don't ride at night. Too much stuff be happening," says Nathaniel Williams of North Philadelphia.

But SEPTA is taking a new step to crack down on transit crime, putting cops where they think crimes will be committed. The anti-crime unit is made up of 26 officers. They're focus: policing different hot zones that change daily. These are places with upticks of crimes in a short amount of time.

"If there's a problem in a certain area. And the next day we'll target the problem in the next area," says Lt. Nichole Lawson of SEPTA Transit Police.

Police, some uniformed, most undercover, may be on a bus in North Philly one day, and then the subway the next.

In it's inaugural patrol, SEPTA police concentrated on the Route 3 bus in North Philadelphia. On Friday and Saturday, there were numerous reports of fare jumpers and cell phone thefts. Today, uniformed and undercover cops rode the route all day, targeting criminals.

"The officers usually stay in their zones and target problems they have and if they need assistance we can help them," says Lt. Lawson.

Most passengers we spoke with are happy to see police concentrating on areas of higher crime.

"I guess having a lot of police in the area is a good thing. But I think if they come after the fact may be too late," says a passenger.

SEPTA says crime statistics show if a crime happens today. chances are it will happen again in the same area.

"We're here. You might not see us in uniform but we're here in plain clothes," says Lt. Lawson. "If you want to commit a crime you are going to get caught."

After one day in operation, SEPTA tells me their unit already made arrests. In fact, five were made in the first hour alone.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Tip Leads To Marijuana Bust Inside Havertown Residence

    Tip Leads To Marijuana Bust Inside Havertown Residence

    Tip Leads To Marijuana Bust Inside Havertown Residence

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-04-24 04:31:43 GMT
    Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.
    Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.
    Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.
  • DUI Driver Will Not Be Charged In Teen's Death

    DUI Driver Will Not Be Charged In Teen's Death

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 04:24:27 GMT
    Cops say a driver accused of hitting and killing a Bucks County teen and injuring another while driving under the influence of prescription drugs and cocaine will not be charged.
    Cops say a driver accused of hitting and killing a Bucks County teen and injuring another while driving under the influence of prescription drugs and cocaine will not be charged.
  • Forest Fire Burning In Cumberland County

    Forest Fire Burning In Cumberland County

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:17:05 GMT
    Skyfox was over the scene near Ackley Road in Downe Township Wednesday night.
    Skyfox was over the scene near Ackley Road in Downe Township Wednesday night.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Camilla's brother dies in New York after head injury

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:04:50 GMT
    The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
    The brother-in-law of the Prince of Wales died Wednesday after falling outside a hotel bar and suffering a head injury, police said. Mark Shand, the brother of Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.
  • Deep split in Port Authority over unfinished WTC tower

    Deep split in Port Authority over unfinished WTC tower

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:03:40 GMT
    Board members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed a deep split Wednesday over the agency's role in effecting the completion of the long-delayed 3 World Trade Center project, with some commissioners lauding the effort and others expressing grave concerns. The discussion at the monthly board meeting offered a rare glimpse into the negotiations that have been going on behind the scenes in recent months.
    Board members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed a deep split Wednesday over the agency's role in effecting the completion of the long-delayed 3 World Trade Center project, with some commissioners lauding the effort and others expressing grave concerns. The discussion at the monthly board meeting offered a rare glimpse into the negotiations that have been going on behind the scenes in recent months.
  • God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    God's Love We Deliver virtual bake sale for birthday cakes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:36:46 GMT
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
    God's Love We Deliver provides meals to people in the New York City area who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. Clients also receive birthday cards that are decorated by local school students. Sometimes a cake is the only birthday gift that God's Love's clients will receive.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices