NSW Govt to expand CCTV Network to combat crime

Sydney (Tribune International): Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the NSW Government is investigating the use of new, innovative and high definition CCTV technology to further improve security and prevent crime across public transport.

A new tender to upgrade the Sydney Trains CCTV contract over the next 12-18 months will look to take advantage of advances in technology to expand the reach of cameras, and increase the use of security across all modes of transport.

“We now have more than 10,000 CCTV cameras and 780 help points to assist customers and combat crime on the rail network, alongside the intelligence-based work of the Police Transport Command,” Ms 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.

“Under the tender we will be looking to upgrade the network to high definition, as well as explore using sensor detection technology to prevent trespassing, graffiti and other crimes, and better utilise existing cameras.”

Since its creation, Transport for NSW has already integrated a range of public transport functions across all modes, including targeting crime and fare evasion across the network.

Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said CCTV is a key part of the success of the Police Transport Command.

“So far the PTC has conducted 470 operations, handed out more than 76,000 infringements, laid more than 3,900 arrests and 7400 charges since starting on the network in May 2012,” Mr Collins said.

“Working in conjunction with the Police Transport Command, the CCTV network helps to observe incidents across train lines and catch criminals in the act.

“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.”

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