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Kamloops buses add audio recording to security features

January 13, 2016 - 8:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - Not only could you be on video, whatever you say may also be recorded as part of a new security system being put into place on transit buses this week.

The pilot project, which introduced security cameras to some B.C. Transit buses in April 2015 will now incorporate an audio component on 109 buses in Victoria and Kamloops with hopes of using the equipment for security and safety purposes. Twenty five of the buses testing the audio equipment will be in Kamloops.

The capability of the audio recording will be limited to in and around the driver’s compartment. 

In a statement from B.C. Transit, spokesperson Mike Russell says signage will be updated to reflect the change and notify riders there is recording equipment installed on the bus.

To date, the equipment was used in more than 342 incidents and have helped lead to the conviction of a person who committed an assault against a bus driver in Victoria.

The announcement comes just days after a bus driver was assaulted in Kelowna. Last October a driver was assaulted in Kamloops and in 2014, a passenger on a Kelowna city bus was attacked by a fellow rider and later died in hospital.

To learn more about the project, click here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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