With the recent string of stabbings on Metro buses in Los Angeles County, transportation officials are hoping that new buses equipped with surveillance cameras will make potential troublemakers think twice.
Two live feed cameras will be housed in new buses: one will capture incoming passengers and the other will be placed on the main bus compartment.
Metro said older buses may also be retrofitted to include the security cameras.
Metro CEO Art Leahy told the board of directors last week that the idea of the cameras is to instill a “bit of caution among passengers and potential troublemakers,” according to agency blog, The Source.
The announcement came a day before authorities charged 24-year-old Hector Resendez in connection with at least eight stabbings on Metro buses over the course of two weeks. Resendez allegedly stabbed random men in the neck with a screwdriver.
None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
Resendez was arrested on June 27 after allegedly stabbing two people in separate bus rides that morning.