On-board cameras coming to BC Transit

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

BC Transit’s 1,000 buses are getting on-board cameras. (TRANSITBC.COM)

BC Transit’s 1,000 buses are getting on-board cameras. (TRANSITBC.COM)

Digital eyes are coming to BC Transit’s 1,000 buses — the coaches that serve the rest of the province.

Here in the Lower Mainland, the majority of buses are already equipped with the devices that have been touted by TransLink as a deterrent to violent crime and a good tool to have for insurance claims.

Meribeth Burton, spokeswoman for BC Transit, said the authority has looked at the feasibility of bus cameras for the past two years.

A yearlong pilot in 2012 ended in success, she said, pointing out an example where someone confessed to vandalism upon being confronted with video evidence.

“He later agreed to pay the costs to repair the bus through a restitution process,” Burton said by email.

She said the authority is planning a “phased” approach to install bus cameras beginning in 2015.

“Safety is a core value at BC Transit. We believe surveillance cameras will help better protect our operators, our customers and our assets.”

According to a BC Transit draft proposal on the topic, the first phase would affect Victoria and Duncan. The second phase would roll out for the rest of B.C.




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