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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cameras no substitute for manpower

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The article concerning all Metro stations getting surveillance cameras was welcome news to all of us who routinely use the system ("All Metro stations to get surveillance cameras," Metro, Friday).

It is of great comfort to know that now when we are being assaulted, robbed or just plain harassed while in or near Metro stations, there will be at least a sympathetic audience somewhere at Metro Center or other location watching the entire thing. And I'm sure future victims will greatly appreciate copies of the recorded incidents to add to their family albums.

I wonder, however, if a realignment of resources to allow for the presence on a regular basis of uniformed officers at crime-prone locations and facilities might actually stop these incidents rather than just record them. Is a picture really worth a thousand words?

ROBERT A. POGGI

Alexandria, Va.

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