For those of you hoping to make some extra pesos as a subte pickpocket, your fast-cash aspirations are no more. Or, at the very least you’re going to have to get a bit craftier…
The Metropolitan Police of Buenos Aires has installed its first subte monitoring center, where policemen can view all activity caught on a network of security cameras.
Two more monitoring centers are to open, and the existing security camera network is to be greatly consolidated. As part of the security measure, 233 cameras will be installed in ticket offices and turnstiles. An additional 1,600 are to be added to platforms, entryways and train sheds.
Workers in these monitoring centers will be trained to detect theft and crime scenarios and are to alert the Metropolitan Police when such instances occur.
Let us all take a moment to remember this turning point in Argentine pickpocket history. Things didn’t work out too well for this sneaky thief from La Plata, did they?