To increase the safety of citizens in buses and at stations, Craiova will install surveillance cameras in 10 stations and on 15 buses used for crowded routes. The cameras will be connected to the dispatcher and will both capture and deter anti-social behaviour and vandalism. This will be particularly effective in unpopulated station areas, during peak hours, during the weekend when the number of passengers is reduced, or in peripheral areas. The measure also aims to increase passenger safety through concrete legislation, by associating more severe punishments with fraudulent actions and bad behaviour. Surveillance cameras will transmit images and information to the dispatcher and rapid interventions will be made in the case of serious incidents.
The video surveillance system is part of an integrated system for monitoring activities related to public transport, so the entire system was designed as a whole which provides specific features, useful both for the public transport company and the public transport users. The system will be monitored during implementation, in order to intervene and correct any operational problems or technical and conceptual malfunctions. A similar system for traffic surveillance in the main intersections is already in operation in the city. The system is managed by the municipality together with the municipal policy. A detailed study on stations and routes will be made to establish which are the more unsafe stations and areas of the city. The implementation of the measure includes research, dissemination, training, demonstration and evaluation activities. A yearly meeting with the top 10 public transport operators belonging to the biggest municipalities of Romania will be held to exchange on the lessons learned in this and other measures.