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Report: MTA, Police Consider Subway Car Cameras

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city police department reportedly could be going high-tech to fight crime in the subway.

According to the Daily News, the MTA is looking into the idea of installing surveillance cameras in new subway cars that have been ordered.

An MTA spokesman tells the paper the cars would include the wiring and other equipment needed for the cameras.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton tells the News he can see police officers eventually using tablets to monitor subway car cameras for criminal activity or other problems.

It's not clear how much subway surveillance cameras would cost.

Chicago recently used a federal grant from U.S. Homeland Security to install them in 830 older L cars.

That helped Chicago police to make as many vandalism arrests in the first three months of the year as they usually make in an entire year.

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