DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – The Regional Transportation District will be increasing security at one of its Park-n-Ride lots after a viewer alerted CBS4 to a series of car break-ins.
The break-ins have been occurring at the Dayton Street Park-n-Ride on the north side of Interstate 225 next to the light rail station in the middle of the highway. RTD said it was planning security improvements even before the complaints.
It’s one of the more difficult stations to get to because it’s a little off the beaten path. But those that use the Dayton Street light rail station think that may be one reason it has become a target for crime.
“I have seen some broken windows on occasion,” said student Alex Goldsmith, who uses Dayton Street Station.
A passenger who sent CBS4 pictures of her car’s smashed window said it was the third time her car had been hit. She said she reported it to but was told nothing could be done.
Lisa Trujillo with RTD said they just received a complaint about broken windows, but even before that call they had a plan to increase security.
“In the next four weeks we will be installing five high definition cameras which will be manned 24/7,” Trujillo said. “This is just something that we are doing at our facilities as money becomes available.”
The lot currently has one camera. RTD said with any amount of security passengers need to be cautious.
“We do want to inform our patrons just to be vigilant anywhere you park,” Trujillo said. “That should be across the board whether it be at a transit facility or not.”
Either way, passengers say the added security is a welcome change.
RTD said another important piece to keeping lots safe is the transit watch program. If someone sees something or someone suspicious they are asking that passengers call, text or email. They will be adding signs in every lot with those numbers.