Bus drivers to wear cams to battle rising violence

The cam can help investigators solve cases involving violent confrontations on buses

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June 26th, 2014 2:04 pm| by admin
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In response to a spike in the number of cases involving violence against bus drivers, the national bus service provider Movia wants to equip its drivers with cameras and microphones to tackle the problem.

In 2013, there were 149 reported episodes involving psychological and physical attacks on bus drivers in the country – a 40 percent increase on the 104 episodes the year before.

“It’s worrying to say the least,” Reiner Burgwald, a spokesperson for the bus drivers’ union FOA, told Avisen.dk. “We’re talking about a significant increase.”

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Preventative measures
Movia intends to discuss the issue at a board meeting today and, although it has yet to comment on the problem, it wants to launch a pilot project involving its drivers wearing body-cams on their uniforms that continuously record video and audio footage when the drivers activate the system.

Movia contends that the cam can help prevent crime and help investigators solve cases involving violent confrontations on buses.

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