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DART touts security efforts, unveils new crime-reporting app

DART Chief of Police James Spiller introduces a new rider to the agency's security app.
Photo – Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) employees today joined the agency's police officers and fare enforcement workers to inform riders about new security initiatives.

The agency has assigned more police and security officers to some of its busiest locations. In addition, DART is deploying 29 contracted and uniformed security officers on rail platforms in strategic locations, with plans to add another 30 guards this year.

The agency also has rolled out a new "DART Say Something" app that enables rides to send texts, photos or videos to report suspicious activity to DART police. DART employees touted the app as the "easiest, most discreet way to report safety concerns," agency officials said in a press release.

Other security efforts include adding security cameras on 48 light-rail vehicles. The agency began installing the cameras in summer 2016. DART plans to install devices on the entire 163-car fleet within two years.

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