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Metro Officials Take Measures to Crack Down on Vendors and Loiterers at NoHo Station

Anti-loitering signs have gone up, with permanent surveillance cameras expected to be installed soon.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian with LASD Lts. Chris Mouat (right) and Albert Maldonado (back). Photo courtesy of Councilman Krekorian.
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian with LASD Lts. Chris Mouat (right) and Albert Maldonado (back). Photo courtesy of Councilman Krekorian.

Originally posted at 5:22 p.m. March 13, 2014. Edited to upload new photo.

Anti-loitering signs have gone up at the Metro Red Line's North Hollywood subway station, with permanent surveillance cameras expected to be installed soon as part of a stepped-up safety effort, Metro officials announced today.

As the dedicated security cameras are installed, five temporary cameras are already in place to monitor the station's ground plaza and parking lot, officials said.

The enhanced security measures were requested by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, whose district office received complaints of unauthorized vending and loitering at the station.

"The people of North Hollywood have a fantastic resource in the Metro Red Line subway and we want to make sure it remains safe and easy to use," Krekorian said.

Krekorian said the visible law enforcement presence helps to reduce criminal activity and make passengers feel safe.

"As a result, the problem was resolved essentially immediately," Krekorian said of the changes.

If the loitering is not dealt with, it could lead to litter, disruptive public behavior and crime, officials said.

Krekorian said he worked with Metro, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to get the security cameras and signs installed.

--City News Service

Good that bhe is finally do somethings as an elected person how about the bike lane on VIneland.
jcec March 16, 2014 at 02:02 AM
It would also help if security paid attention to their surroundings. I exited Metro at 11 pm Thursday night and both security personnel I walked past were engrossed in their phones.
Has I have seen that before with this Security grunds.
Michelle Gilstrap March 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Wonderful start to helping our patrons stay safe. Let's make sure those who are protecting us are vigilant elsewhere. We have illegal vendors all over North Hollywood especially on a Holiday. No business license, no sales tax and no food permits, no health codes are followed as well. Keep it up.

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