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Car Vandals Take Cover in Park and Ride Lots

MPS Camera Trailer at Park and Ride Lot

Late one afternoon, Terri Winter stepped off the city express bus and walked to her vehicle in the neighborhood Park and Ride lot like she always did on a work day. But from the moment she started her SUV, she knew something was very wrong; and being the daughter of a mechanic, she knew exactly what the roar meant.

Sometime mid-day, when the lot was full of cars and emptied of people, thieves descended on the lot and set to work stripping catalytic converters. Winter’s SUV was an easy target because its high frame left plenty of room for someone to slide under and cut the converter off without much trouble. Because the lot was several blocks away from the busier business district and adjacent to a major freeway on-ramp, the vandals were able to quickly snag the valuable parts and get away without being noticed. Shielded by trees, they may have just as easily broken into cars looking for cash or stolen a vehicle outright.

As commuters increasingly take advantage of transit options and cities add more lots to accommodate them, they also have to address the property crime incidents that follow. Mobile Pro Systems has video surveillance products that can provide the solid evidence required to prosecute offenders as well as deter criminal activity. Marked camera trailers, as shown above, are an excellent way to alert the public to an active, ongoing police presence. Our Power Sentry pole-mounted systems are also very suited to long-term lot surveillance. All of MPS products can be accessed by local law enforcement through online applications to view live or recorded events.

For a free consultation and to find out how Mobile Pro Systems can help your city reduce Park and Ride crime, call 651-434-2333 today.