When sparks fly, exercise independence with RTD Transit Watch
Approximately 26,000 people have downloaded the app, serving as extra eyes and ears across the RTD system
DENVER (July 3, 2019) –The Regional Transportation District (RTD) wants to remind the public to hop on board and let RTD do the driving as people head out for their Fourth of July festivities. RTD also encourages riders to help make the holiday weekend safe by downloading and familiarizing themselves with RTD’s Transit Watch app.
The Transit Watch app, available on both iOS and Android devices, allows users to report suspicious activity to transit police by either calling them directly or submitting an incident report through the app. When submitting a report, users follow easy prompts to add photos, identify the type of incident – such as theft, harassment or people in need of help – and name the location. If they choose, users can provide a detailed written description of the incident.
Users can choose to include their contact information or submit a report anonymously. Regardless of what decision they make regarding anonymity, all information lands within seconds with RTD’s transit police, which can coordinate immediately with local jurisdictions across RTD’s service district to respond to the incident. And even if users choose to remain anonymous, transit police can communicate with them through the app to gather further details. Approximately 26,000 people have downloaded the Transit Watch app.
“Many of the factors that make Independence Day fun – large gatherings of people, parties, high temperatures, loud noises – can lead to problems and cause a spike in crime around the Fourth of July,” said RTD Chief of Police Bob Grado.
The Transit Watch app proved instrumental earlier this week in an incident in Denver that began on an RTD bus and ended up as a confrontation between police and a man wielding a gun. A passenger used the Transit Watch app to report the suspect’s behavior, which was causing a disturbance on the bus. As a result, an RTD police officer was sent to the scene quickly and managed the situation as it developed.
“Our officer was able to meet the suspect as he exited the bus and intervene before he could cause more damage,” Grado said. “This happened because of quick thinking by a passenger who used the Transit Watch app to submit a report of the disturbance. We encourage all RTD riders to use this tool to help keep everyone safe on public transit during the upcoming holiday weekend and throughout the year.”
In addition to using the app, passengers can report suspicious activities to 303-299-2911, text 303-434-9100 or email [email protected].
The Regional Transportation District celebrates 50 years of service this year. The transit agency develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the needs of close to 3 million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. The agency’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide 100 million annual passenger trips. For more information, visit rtd-denver.com, call 303-299-6000 and follow along on social media: www.facebook.com/RideRTD, on Twitter @Ridertd, @ridertd on Instagram and rideRTDco on YouTube.
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