Metro is testing a new tool to fight crime in parking lots at stations. Passengers may start to see Metro Transit Police officers riding specialized, stand-up tricycles around stations and parking lots.
The transit agency has purchased two of the electric, Segway-like vehicles. Over the next 30 days, officers will be trying them out in some of Metro's larger parking lots. At the end of that period, the agency will get feedback from officers who've used the tricycles and then decide whether to buy more. The vehicles cost $10,000 each.
The hope is that the visibility and mobility of the tricycles will help police deter crimes like auto thefts and break-ins. Metro oversees 50 parking lots with about 60,000 spaces.
Matt McCleskey reports...