Friday, September 05, 2008

Greensboro Adds Surveillance Cameras to DriveCam

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Every move made inside a city bus will soon be recorded. Transportation authority officials are in the process of installing surveillance cameras in all 54 city-owned buses.

Each bus will be equipped with six cameras that record audio and video around the clock. The cameras will be monitored from transit authority administration offices.

"If there was ever an incident on the bus, this camera system would definitely record that," said Kevin Elwood, GTA information specialist.

Over the past year, Greensboro police responded to 162 incidents involving transit authority buses, ranging from fights to drunken passengers.

"We'll be able to provide an additional level of security beyond what we already have," said Elwood.

Riders FOX8 News spoke with said they feel pretty safe on GTA buses, but like the idea of the new precautionary measures.

Money to pay for the system came from federal and state grants, in addition to local contributions. Officials plan to begin installing cameras by spring 2009

FOX8 News