Curb­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour on Ade­laide’s pub­lic trans­port is the fo­cus of a ma­jor in­vest­ment

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Curb­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour on South Aus­tralian pub­lic trans­port is the fo­cus of a ma­jor in­vest­ment in CCTV and the in­tro­duc­tion of mo­bile se­cu­rity pa­trols that mon­i­tor bus and rail net­works in the state.

Al­bert Park Train Sta­tion is the lat­est fa­cil­ity to get new high def­i­ni­tion CCTV cam­eras as part of the South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s $4 mil­lion Sta­tion Se­cu­rity and Amenity Up­grades Pro­gram.

The im­prove­ments are de­signed to meet the needs of the tens of thou­sands of pas­sen­gers who use buses and trains each year, and to en­cour­age higher take-up of pub­lic trans­port with the pro­vi­sion of bet­ter se­cu­rity.

South Aus­tralian Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Stephen Mul­lighan says peo­ple need to feel safe us­ing the state’s bus and rail net­works.

“We are adding to our ex­ist­ing net­work of more than 1000 CCTV cam­eras to com­bat crime across our pub­lic trans­port ser­vices,” he says.

“More po­lice and more DPTI safety of­fi­cers are be­ing backed up by the lat­est CCTV tech­nol­ogy, which en­ables a rapid re­sponse to anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. Last year we also in­tro­duced mo­bile se­cu­rity pa­trols that mon­i­tor bus and rail net­works as well as main­tain­ing a pres­ence at ma­jor sta­tions and in­ter­changes whilst on pa­trol.”

Over the past 12 months, Pub­lic Trans­port Safety Branch and DPTI Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice As­sis­tants have con­ducted dozens of spe­cial op­er­a­tions, tar­get­ing fare eva­sion, graf­fiti and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

With tougher penal­ties for those who at­tack bus driv­ers in­tro­duced last year, per­pe­tra­tors now face up to 25 years’ im­pris­on­ment, with re­wards of up to $1000 for peo­ple who pro­vide in­for­ma­tion that leads to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of of­fend­ers.

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