PLP: Transport Facility Security Needs Review

April 10, 2017 | 34 Comments

This “senseless act of theft and vandalism” of our buses will “further hamper a public transportation system that is being continuously challenged by bus shortages and breakdowns,” Shadow Minister for National Security Walter Roban said, adding that “the PLP encourages the BPS to consult with the DPT so that a review on security support for all our public transport facilities may be conducted and any recommendations implemented.”

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Fare Vaults Stolen From Parked Buses At St. George’s Depot

Police are investigating the theft of number of fare vaults stolen from parked buses in at the St. George’s Depot, and have confirmed that an “unknown quantity of cash was removed from ten public buses.”

The incident resulted in a delay in bus service coming out of the east end this morning, and the DPT said the damage caused to the vaults will require the affected buses to to be taken out of service to undergo repairs, which is likely to result a delay in service again tomorrow [April 11] morning.

Shadow Minister for National Security Walter Roban Comments

Mr Roban said, “This senseless act of theft and vandalism of our public buses has ramifications beyond the money stolen and damage suffered; it impacts those who can least afford delays or disruptions – our bus riders.

“This situation will further hamper a public transportation system that is being continuously challenged by bus shortages and breakdowns as we enter the busy tourism season.

“This situation does raise serious questions. It must be asked whether the bus facility had a reliable security and surveillance system on the property.

“If not, the PLP repeats our call that the $6 million CCTV system operated by the BPS be expanded to include other public assets. In February of this year, five public schools were broken into and vandalised, revealing the need for such an expansion, especially to include our educational facilities.

“Furthermore, the existing bus expansion plan to Dockyard and St George’s must be modified to address this situation. The PLP encourages the BPS to consult with the Department of Public Transportation so that a review on security support for all our public transport facilities may be conducted and any recommendations implemented.

“We strongly condemn this act and encourage members of the public who can assist police with this investigation to please do so.”

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    Why is cash left in a parked bus overnight? Rule 1, take out cash at end of last shift. Then word is out there is no cash so no need to break in. No need for expensive CCTV either.

  2. Watching You says:

    What are you OBAers going to find to b*#^% about with this article????
    Waiting!!!

    • Just the facts says:

      I’m not an “OBAer” but I have a brain in my head. What am I going to b*#^% about? How about the ABSOLUTE STUPIDITY of leaving cash in an empty bus in a parking lot overnight? Do you leave cash in your car parked in your driveway overnight?
      PURE STUPIDITY plain and simple.

      • But if this happened under P.L.P. it would have been de Transport Minister’s fault, now that U.B.P. is in NO Minister’s are taking de blame for anything.
        Mmmmmmmmmm

  3. Gravy says:

    Roban aka captain obviouse at it again: “This senseless act of theft and vandalism of our public buses has ramifications beyond the money stolen and damage suffered; it impacts those who can least afford delays or disruptions – our bus riders”. – like the union strikes you support?

  4. Wut?! says:

    Bermuda is so reactive, it’s ridiculous. Both political parties like to point the finger at the other but the truth is that we should be proactive so this doesn’t happen in the first place.

    • Rick Olson says:

      Don’t we pay mamegment to coordinate proper business practices?

  5. drunken ursula says:

    crazy

  6. Politricks says:

    How bout not leaving the money in the bus overnight?

    Don’t need a review when it’s basic common sense.

  7. truth says:

    The real hamper to our public transport is PLP-centric politically motivated union stoppages but let’s not mention that right…

    • Just the facts says:

      Oh but umm umm, our strikes are different. We have to strike because of blaaaaah, blaaaah, blaaaaah, yaaaawn. Same BS, different day.

      • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

        Yet you continuously read PLP statements. If the strikes are problematic for you and your family fight for changes! Go to the Minister to bioce your concerns over the bus shortages.
        Here’s one get of your butt and make a difference!!!!

    • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

      The Real hamper to the problem is you Truth-less!!!
      Offer up solutions to problems instead of complaining!!! SMDH@you

  8. Watching says:

    “This situation will further hamper a public transportation system that is being continuously challenged by bus shortages and breakdowns”.

    And BIU strikes, Walter. Don’t forget the endless BIU strikes. Maybe you should speak with brother Chris before you spout off about a hampered public transportation system.

  9. inna says:

    Roban, it sounds like you need something more to occupy your time… I guess taking leisurely morning strolls must allows you enough time to reflect and come up with these nonsense ‘press releases’ !!

  10. Real Onion says:

    Leaving cash in buses is a stupid idea and needs to be stopped.

  11. Joe Bloggs says:

    “Mr Roban said, “This senseless act of theft and vandalism of our public buses has ramifications beyond the money stolen and damage suffered; it impacts those who can least afford delays or disruptions – our bus riders.”

    Dr. Mr. Roban, vandalism is not the only thing that “impacts those who can least afford delays or disruptions – our bus riders.” Work stoppages do too.

  12. 4ner says:

    And if the OBA had posted security before this, the PLP would have been moaning about wasteful expenditure, or being “anti Bermudian” by showing a lack of trust in people and building a virtual fortress around government, or I’m sure any number of other “outrages”

    Participants in the political “system”, both politicians themselves and posters are so worried about scoring points against the other side that Bermuda itself has taken a massive back seat. In my opinion, the PLP’s constant opposition for the sake of it and shock and outrage is worse, but it’s not like the OBA is significantly better. Bermuda desperately needs a statesman, the current bunch often make toddlers look reasonable

  13. free gas says:

    Remember during the PLP’s time was it 12 buses were vandalized and set on fire?

  14. Pondering says:

    Another case for the St George’s police station. Cameras are REactive, not PROactive. We need police walking around the town to discourage crime before it happens not waiting to check a camera after it’s done. Thankfully no one was injured in the bus incident or the taxi incidents. And, yes, rather silly in this day and age to leave money unattended!

  15. steve says:

    some day you will have a real reason to hammer your political opponents and you will wonder why nobody is bothered listening.

    • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

      Funny you do just as much complaining about them! Mike drop!!!!

  16. Islander says:

    Move those young men who loiter inside/outside the Popcorn shop just behind the Town hall

  17. cpm says:

    Plp again moaning and groaning on a daily basis about everything that happens on our island
    They must realise that with their afternoon show and constant complaining they are turning the electorate off big time

    • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

      So are you. Have you ever heard about while you point a finger there are more pointed at you????
      Silly!! silly!!!!!

  18. Up D hill says:

    Roban , why is it your not concerned with bus riders when Chris Furbert calls his childish biu meetings designed to hinder school kids and the general public.

    • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

      Why is it NOT your concern??? Why dont you protest instead of coplaing via the internet no less!!!!

    • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

      Why is it NOT your concern??? Why dont you protest instead of complaining????

      Over the internet no less!!!!

    • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

      Why is it not your concern???
      Maybe it is safe to mouth off via the internet!

      Offer SolutionS instead of NegativitY!!

      Bring something new to the table instead of compaints!

  19. ImJustSayin says:

    If the money was removed from the Buses every day then there wont be any vandalism. Dah! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. SMH!

  20. ImJustSayin says:

    What is the useless CCTV gonna do when they cover their identity. These idiots use the CCTV BS to keep the public happy and it only gives a feeling of false security.

  21. wahoo says:

    It is like that time we left our government unattended for 15 years and everything disappeared.

    • FoolsDie4LackofWisdom says:

      Amazing is this wahoo……has to comment on any PLP statement. Maybe you are just a “Closeted Follower!”
      Is it safe to suggest that you are better served swimming or pan fried????

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