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CTA cameras helping to catch more vandals

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - The recent addition of extra security cameras from the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Police Department have been helping to prevent vandalism.

Since May 2011, CTA has installed thousands of security cameras at stations, facilities and vehicles. CTA and CPD has also implemented a new strategy to stop vandalism: filing lawsuits against the parents of children and minors who are caught doing graffiti. The money from the lawsuits would go toward damage costs.

Police officials say many of those arrests would not have been possible without the security cameras.

In 2014 alone, police made 60 arrests in graffiti-related crimes on CTA properties.

“Working closely with the Chicago Police Department and with the strong support of Mayor Emanuel, the CTA continues to make significant progress in combating vandalism across our system, which cost our agency $1 million last year in cleaning and repairs,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “As the CTA continues to expand our surveillance camera network across our system, we are improving the capability of CTA and Chicago Police staff to catch criminals in the act of vandalism and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”

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