Video surveillance, rider survey among initiatives planned for security review
"If there is a perception out there that we’re unsafe we want to change that perception because we do feel that we do have a safe system."
Calgary Transit will be going out to its many riders to find out what they think about the security on both bus and LRT.
Ron Collins of Calgary Transit said they would be embarking on a comprehensive safety audit over the next several months along with a customer survey in order to gauge riders’ sense of security while riding on Calgary Transit services.
“If there is a perception out there that we’re unsafe we want to change that perception because we do feel that we do have a safe system,” Collins told Metro.
“We carry over 90 million passengers, so when you look at the big picture we think we’re extremely safe.”
Collins noted that there are only 2.5 ‘crimes against persons’ per 1 million boardings.
The Calgary Transit spokesperson also revealed that CT would be exploring the use of video surveillance in at least one in Park ’n Ride location, something that will make Ward 10 Ald. Andre Chabot happy.
Chabot will be making a notice of motion today at the combined meeting of council asking for an audit of LRT stations and parking lots and also instructs administration to look into the costs associated with having video surveillance installed in all Park ’n Ride locations.
“When I was out on the campaign trail some people said to me that they used to take the LRT but the reason they quit using the LRT is they didn’t feel their vehicles were safe in the Park ’n Ride area,” explained Chabot.
“And furthermore, when working late in the evening and going to some of the more remote sites they felt uneasy about going into the parking area because it was in a remote location and maybe not properly lit.”
Collins believes Calgary Transit has safety under control, though they will be implementing the video surveillance at an undisclosed parking lot in order to “see how it might serve as a deterrent to car prowlers.”
“We don’t have a situation that is out of control in our parking lots,” he said.
Chabot also hinted that a full safety audit for Calgary Transit will be requested at today’s meeting.