CCTV upgrade to combat public transport crime
Plans to upgrade the Sydney Trains CCTV contract over the next 12-18 months will look to take advantage of advances in surveillance technology to expand the reach and usage of security cameras across all modes of transport.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said, “Our priority is ensuring the safety of our customers, and this tender means we are working with the experts to deliver advances in technology that improve and expand the reach of the excellent CCTV network we already have in place”.
The Sydney Trains tender includes upgrading the network to high definition, as well as exploring the use of sensor detection technology to prevent trespassing, graffiti and other crimes.
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins hailed the success of the existing CCTV system, which in conjunction with the Police Transport Command (PTC) has been responsible for more than 3,900 arrests and 7400 charges since starting on the network in May 2012.
Mr Howard said, “Under this latest upgrade we will examine ways to improve access and coverage of the CCTV network for police, and continue to tackle crime across not just trains, but also buses, light rail and ferries.”