Philly-area transit passengers have new way to report suspicious activity

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    A new public service campaign is under way in Philadelphia to let transit riders know how they can help keep the region’s transit system secure. 

    The campaign advises mass-transit riders they can dial #1776 from mobile devices to report suspicious activity on the transit system.

    The “Look Up, Speak Up” campaign is designed to make sure riders are the eyes and ears of police, said Mayor Michael Nutter.

    “The regional security awareness campaign, known as ‘Look Up, Speak Up,’ will encourage transit riders to alert authorities if they observe suspicious behavior or packages or something that just kind of looks out of the ordinary,” Nutter said.

    The calls will go to the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center for investigation, said city Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

    “We now have a transit desk devoted to helping to maintain security in our transit system in the Delaware Valley” he said. “It will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

    Passengers on the PATCO high speed lines in New Jersey also will be able to use the security system.

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