Camera a ‘pre-emptive’ measure against crime

By on October 16, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Local police said crime at the Metra commuter station in Elburn is not a major issue, but occasionally people commit offenses there, from burglaries to theft to vagrancy. To discourage crime at the train station in the future, Elburn officials plan to install a camera system to record activity at the warming house, platform and parking lot.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith recommended the camera system as a pre-emptive measure to discourage crime at the station, particularly as more people commute.

Metra plans to double the size of the station parking lot by next year because of the increasing number of people taking the train from Elburn.

“We felt with the expansion of the lot, now is the time to put this (the camera) in,” Smith said during the Elburn Public Safety Committee meeting Tuesday.

The committee agreed, and approved Smith’s proposal for purchasing and installing the camera, for $8,590. A Public Education and Enforcement Research Study (PEERS) grant from the Illinois Commerce Commission will cover the cost, Smith said.

The camera will digitally record activity at the train station and police can review the recordings afterward to identify offenders.