Po­lice of­fice could open at bus ter­mi­nal

Re­port urges more se­cu­rity mea­sures for the ter­mi­nal’s Sim­coe Street park­ing garage

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JOELLE KO­VACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer joelle.ko­[email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

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.

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