Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly wants tighter security at Trailways bus depot in Hoboken
Two Daily News reporters found unlocked, unguarded Trailways buses with the keys left in the ignition last weekend. By Monday, the place was still unguarded, but bus doors were locked.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly wants NYPD terror cops to look into lax security at a New Jersey depot where mass-transit menace Darius McCollum stole dozens of buses.
The Daily News exposed dramatic security lapses at the Hoboken facility this week, prompting workers to finally lock bus doors and remove keys from the ignitions.
But the front gate of the depot remained wide open and unguarded Monday – and a reporter and a photographer with conspicuous large-lens cameras strolled in and spent several minutes walking around without being challenged.
“You’re not supposed to be in there,” one cleaner shouted – but no one followed up to ask the pair what they were doing poking around in the big buses.
Kelly said counterterrorism experts at the Police Department will be speaking with Trailways bus company about problems at the hub.
“We ask them to be alert,” Kelly said Monday. “Now is a time we’d have them look at their own security.”
In a jailhouse interview last week, McCollum boasted about how he’d stolen 150 buses from the Hoboken depot in the last decade.
The keys were always left in the ignition, and he just drove off the lot, using the coaches for everything from fast-food runs to jaunts to North Carolina.
He was finally collared last week after he snatched a bus, drove to Manhattan and took a group of flight attendants to Kennedy Airport.
The News went to Hoboken to see if McCollum was exaggerating about how easy it would be to take a bus – and found he was telling the truth.
On two consecutive days, reporters were able to waltz on to the lot and get on a bus – which was left unlocked with the keys inside.
Trailways did not respond to requests for comment Monday – but it appears it is paying attention since security has been tweaked.
Security experts say buses and big-rig trucks could be tempting targets for terrorists because they attract less attention from law enforcement officers.
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