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Joint anti-theft initiative also includes Baltimore City and
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD (OCTOBER 8, 2013) – Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) police will lead a targeted and aggressive enforcement initiative to stop the theft of electronic devices. MTA, Baltimore City Police and the Federal Air Marshal’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) Unit will provide a highly visible uniformed police presence on MTA buses and in areas around bus stops. Transit agencies across the country are experiencing a spike in the theft of electronic devices, and are mounting similar campaigns to target the criminal activity.

  • WHAT: Multi-police agency mobile electronic device robbery initiative to provide a safe and secure environment for patrons utilizing the MTA Transit system.
  • WHEN: 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday October 10, 2013 and Friday October 11, 2013.
  • WHERE: Photo opportunity at the corner of Belair Road and Erdman Avenue.
  • HOW: Teams of officers from MTA Police, Baltimore City Police and the Federal Air Marshal’s VIPR Unit will deploy to locations identified as high priority in the Northeast District in areas where police intelligence show an increase in the theft and robbery of electronic devices. Officers will ride buses and monitor stops.

“This joint operation with our agency, Baltimore Police and the Federal Air Marshal’s VIPR Unit has proven to be very effective in keeping our transit system safe.  The primary objective of this initiative is to effectively deploy Maryland Transit, Baltimore City Police and Federal Air Marshal resources to the affected areas to prevent robberies and theft, gather intelligence and educate the public about the growing instances of the theft of electronic devices aboard public transit,” said Col. John E. Gavrilis, MTA Chief of Police.

For the latest information on MTA service, passengers are urged to check the MTA website at Customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Control Contact Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 410-539-5000. TTY 410-539-3497. To sign up for email about service modifications and delays, go to Visit MTA’s Facebook page at or Twitter feed at for more sources of updated information. 


MEDIA CONTACT:   Paul Shepard                           
                               Office:  410-767-3936         
                               Mobile: 443-622-4181    

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