Greater security

Increased security measures on public transport in South Australia is paying off for commuters

Greater security
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

Anti-social behaviour on South Australia’s public transport system is not being tolerated by the state, with security measures undertaken over the last year proving effectiveness.

Over the past 12 months Police Transit Branch Officers and Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) Passenger Service Assistants have conducted over 100 special operations targeting fare evasions, graffiti and anti-social behaviour.

In 2012, [South Australia Police] Transit Services Branch introduced 28 extra police officers dedicated to making trains, trams and buses safe for all travellers, and 12 more will be added over the next three years.

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan says the provision of 40 extra transit police on South Australia’s public transport network means greater security for commuters.

"The increase in police numbers is resulting in more offences being detected, and more people being caught for drug offences, liquor and tobacco offences, disorderly behaviour, offensive behaviour and trespass."

The number of expiations has risen to 1517 in 2013/14 compared to 1064 in 2011/12 – an increase of about 42 per cent.

The use of drug detection dogs in 2013/14 resulted in 24 arrest or reports.

Mullighan says they are committed to making the network as safe as possible, and understand feeling safe and secure is important to commuters and crucial to attracting more people to use public transport.

"A strong police presence is vital and police and DPTI are working to ensure customers can travel safely wherever they need to go, at all times of the day."

Other initiatives includes the installation of 1000 CCTV cameras targeting crime, upgrades to lighting at stations and bus interchanges and security guards present on all trains departing Adelaide Railway Station from 6pm.

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