West Midlands buses with CCTV help bring criminals to justice - The Solihull Observer

West Midlands buses with CCTV help bring criminals to justice

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jan, 2018   0

BUSES across the region equipped with CCTV cameras should be crime free zones, says West Midlands Police officer.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines of West Midlands Police CID homicide investigation team says he is “staggered” that anyone commits a crime on a bus – because CCTV pictures are so clear.

Hines praised the quality of the CCTV footage used in the case of a fatal stabbing of Kieran Gillespie on the number 11 bus in January last year.

Det Insp Hines said: “Without doubt, the quality of the CCTV footage from the bus solved this case for us.

“It left the offender no option but to hand himself in to the police once those pictures were published.”

National Express West Midlands has multiple CCTV cameras – up to 12 – on every one of its 1,600 buses.

And all their new buses since 2012 have been fitted with next-generation digital CCTV units which give pictures.

Tom Stables, managing director of National Express West Midlands, said: “By installing these state-of-the-art cameras and working closely with the police in the Safer Travel Partnership, we have achieved a 75 per cent success rate in identifying the offenders responsible for anti-social behaviour and crime on our buses.”

West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership has also installed 4G Vemotion CCTV units to National Express buses, helping Safer Travel police officers to target anti-social behaviour on buses in real time.

Footage is recorded by on-bus cameras and sent over the 4G network.

West Midlands Police officers working in the Safer Travel team can then view live CCTV feeds.

Because the footage is real-time, police can stop the bus and quickly act upon any anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Rachel Crump, from Safer Travel police, added: “We deploy targeted uniformed and undercover patrols on buses and trams in the West Midlands.

“Passengers should always dial 999 if there is an urgent crime or an emergency but they can also use the Safer Travel Partnership’s See Something, Say Something text service on 83010 to report any non-emergency incidents of anti-social behaviour on National Express West Midlands buses.

“These reports help to build intelligence data and that assists officers with pinpointing which particular hotspots to target.

“The public might not always see the results of what we do. That’s because some of the offenders are children and there are reporting restrictions in place. But we are working hard behind the scenes to keep public transport safe.”

According to Transport Focus’ bus passenger survey, 76 per cent of passengers are satisfied with their feeling of personal security on National Express West Midlands buses.

That figure is measured twice a year and has not dropped below 75 per cent in four years.

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