It isn’t known whether the threat reported on anonymous tip line on Monday 12/05/16 is credible or not. However with a bomb threat to the Universal City Station allegedly scheduled for Tuesday (12/06/16) morning, every precaution has been taken to protect LA Metro stations in Los Angeles area.
In a joint effort, the FBI, LAPD and L.A. Sheriff’s Department will be increase security on LA Metro’s stations.
To assure the public of LA Metro’s safety, L.A. Mayor Garcetti himself plans to ride the Red Line at Universal City on Tuesday morning.
LA Metro released the following statement:
“The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has increased its security presence across the whole Metro system following information received about a potential threat to the transit system. The information was received through an anonymous tip earlier today warning of a threat on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 specifically at the Red Line’s Universal Station.
Metro Security has been collaborating with its law enforcement partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to mitigate the threat, which is being investigated for its validity.
In the meantime, Metro is taking a number of precautions and is increasing law enforcement presence across the whole Metro system.
“At this point, we don’t know if this is a credible threat, but the safety of our passengers, employees and the public is our number one priority, so we take this threat very seriously,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.
“We are relying on multi-agency collaboration between Metro Transit Security, LASD and LAPD to keep the public safe and we ask the public to be one of our partners in enhancing our ears and eyes on the system,” said Metro Chief Security Officer Alex Wiggins. “If you see something, say something. Call our Transit Watch Hotline at 888.950.7233 or notify us through the Transit Watch app.”
LAPD asks Angelenos to call 877-A-THREAT or use the iWatchLA app to report any suspicious activity. Don’t be afraid to be wrong! It’s better to be too careful and alive than careless and…. dead.