Police office could open at bus terminal
Report urges more security measures for the terminal’s Simcoe Street parking garage
Peterborough Police may soon open a small office in an unused commercial space in the downtown bus terminal as part of a larger effort to increase security.
A new city staff report states that over the last year, there have been two reports of sexual assaults in the stairwells at the adjoining Simcoe Street parking garage (which have no security cameras).
The garage has also had 25 car breaks-ins between April and June, and city police are called to the area about 13 times a month about suspicious people.
The staff report, which city councillors will review on Monday, suggests renovating the former restaurant in the bus terminal so it can serve as a minipolice station.
The former restaurant space has sat empty since the terminal was renovated in 2016; no prospective tenants have come forward. For the empty restaurant space to serve as a police office, the report states, it would need renovations such as accessible washrooms for staff, frosted windows, security updates and a phone connection to police dispatch. All of this would cost $50,000.
There are also other security upgrades suggested for the parking garage: a second full-time security guard, for instance (cost for a year: $62,000), as well as security cameras in the stairwells ($42,000), panic alarms on all parking levels ($12,000) and new LED lighting (the city already has a fund of $150,000 for LED lighting upgrades).
Meanwhile there are already two security guards at the parking garage – but one is stationed at the payment booth during weekday business hours.
The proposal is to add another full-time security guard in the late afternoon and evening hours, Monday to Saturday (when the bus terminal and garage are busy).
City councillors meet to discuss this and other topics at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.