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Metro, P.G. County Police Team Up For Crime Enforcement

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Largo Town Center is one of the 10 Metro stations with the highest crime rate.
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Largo Town Center is one of the 10 Metro stations with the highest crime rate.

"Operation Blue Tide" was conceived last year as an anti-terrorism initiative designed to discourage potential attacks on Metro. "TIDE" is an acronym for Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort.

But after a rash of crimes this year at P.G. County Metro stations, Wednesday night's sweep covering 14 stations in the are was expanded to help riders avoid local crime.

Lt. Derrick Wigglesworth is with Metro Transit Police. "We want our riders to become more aware of their surroundings, certainly include suspicious packages and persons, but they should also protect their own personnel items," Wigglesworth says. "We don't want to see any be the victim or a crime."

At the Largo Center metro station, groups of officers patrolled the platform standing close to doorways, and handing out flyers with tips on how to avoid crimes of opportunity such as the so-called snatch and grab.

Nina Humid, one rider at Largo Town Center, is listening to her iPod on her way home from work.

"I'm very observant, when I come in, I see who's around me, I make sure no one is hovering around, and I put myself around people," she says.

Approximately 100 officers took part in the operation.

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