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How long should transit retain surveillance?

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Security cameras are ubiquitous on public transit across the country, but video surveillance from buses and trains in some cities is stored for only a matter of days. Toronto’s transit agency only keeps security camera footage for three days, which some critics say is not long enough, according to an article on CBC News.

The article quotes Anne Drennan, media liaison for the Metro Vancouver Transit Police: “If we were restricted to three days, it would mean in a significant number of cases, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to obtain video about incidents that are reported because, all too often, the women who are victimized on the [transit] system take some time to let us know what happened for varying reasons.” 

But Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson tells CBC a case isn’t necessarily lost if investigators can’t get a hold of surveillance footage.

Read the full story on the CBC website.


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