Study: Metro Parking Lot Cameras Don’t Deter Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says cameras in Metro parking lots aren’t deterring crime, but the transit agency says it will keep using them.

Metro teamed up with The Urban Institute to study how effective the cameras are at preventing crime in parking lots. The Washington Examiner reports that thieves have driven off in cars, stolen items from vehicles and committed other crimes at the agency’s 42 parking facilities.

The cameras are near exits and photograph the license plates of cars leaving the lots. Signs are also posted to alert drivers.

A Metro spokesman says the cameras are just one part of the agency’s crime fighting tactics and says they can still be used in investigations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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