SOUTH Yorkshire’s local train operator has launched a mobile surveillance vehicle that will roam its network to cut crime on trains and in and around stations.
Northern Rail’s vehicle is equipped with CCTV cameras, with 360-degree viewing and recording capability.
The vehicle will be deployed to monitor the network during large scale events, such as football matches and patrol stations and car parks where no CCTV is currently available.
Gary Stewart, safety and assurance director for Northern Rail, said: “With over 460 stations it is not possible, nor necessary, for us to install CCTV at all these locations.
“The Mobile Surveillance Vehicle allows us to undertake much more surveillance work, provide further support to British Transport Police, and provide our employees and customers with a higher level of reassurance.”
Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon, of British Transport Police, said: “The introduction of the mobile CCTV vehicle will provide British Transport Police with another evidential tool to tackle problematic and criminal behaviour on the railway. We welcome any initiatives or equipment which aids in the policing of the railway.”