Cameras to boost safety on public transport
7 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Every bus, tram and metro carriage in Brussels will in future be fitted with a surveillance camera to boost public safety, Brussels Transport Minister Pascal Smet has announced.
7 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Every bus, tram and metro carriage in Brussels will in future be fitted with a surveillance camera to boost public safety, Brussels Transport Minister Pascal Smet has announced.
Currently just 20 percent of MIVB-STIB public transport vehicles or carriages have a surveillance camera installed.
However, the 68 trams and 140 buses which were recently bought by the city — and are to be deployed in March — are fitted with security cameras.
The same applies to the 15 metro carriages that will be deployed on the public transport network in 2007.
That means that from 2007, more than 40 percent of the public transport carriages in Brussels will have a security camera.
"It is my intention that every carriage will be equipped [with a camera], although I cannot yet say in which year," Smet said.
The Brussels minister also moved to ward off concerns that surveillance cameras are a breach of privacy.
"The footage will only be watched by authorised police officers and only in case of an incident to be able to identify the culprits," he said.
"Imagine that something happens and there are no cameras: everyone will then reproach us for that."
Cameras are already installed in the capital's 68 metro and pre-metro stations, 731 in total.
Some 21 stations have cameras that record images. In other stations, the images are selectively viewed.
However, by the end of this year, every metro and pre-metro station in Brussels will have cameras with recorders.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news