DART Safely During the Holidays
The holidays are a time for joy and celebration with family and friends. It’s also a time of year when we need to be more aware of our surroundings when we are out and about. DART Police has a strong presence on buses and trains, and monitored security cameras are present at all rail stations. Recognizing that riders also play an important role in helping keep DART safe, the agency has introduced a new mobile app—DART Say Something. The app, which is available in the App Store and on Google Play, allows people to anonymously and discretely report incidents on the agency’s buses and trains.
A drop-down menu allows riders to select the type of activity they wish to report, as well as the location. Customers can submit photos and video, and there is a notes field that allows them to type any additional information before sending the report. Two-way communication allows police dispatchers to request further details and allows riders to respond to alerts they receive. Here are some additional tips.
Plan each trip before boarding. Before heading to a stop or rail platform, know what bus or train to take and when it is scheduled to arrive. DART’s GoPass app is a great travel tool. In addition to purchasing tickets, the free app allows passengers to plan their trip, locate their bus or train and connect with Uber or Lyft for help covering that last mile. Download the GoPass app from the App Store or the Google Play store.
Keep bags close. Reduce the chances of theft by keeping electronics in the bag and holding onto bags while on a train or bus. This also is good practice when in other public places.
Take precautions when parking. When parking a vehicle at a DART station or any other public parking area, always park in well-lit areas, lock the car, take the keys and hide valuables from plain view.
Report suspicious or criminal activity while on a DART bus or train by calling 214-749-5900 or 911, or by using the new DART Say Something app. Non-smartphone users can text information to the system’s text-a-tip service at 214-256-1819. For more information, visit DART.org/Safety and DART.org/riding/dartpoliceelerts.asp.