West Kelowna installs security cameras at bus exchanges

An increase in petty crimes at West Kelowna’s two transit exchanges has led the city to install surveillance cameras.

Communications Director, Kirsten Jones says there has been a range of “inappropriate behaviour” at both exchanges, in addition to vandalism.

“Certainly drug use, alcohol use, even some possible drug sales, that kind of thing, some violence, and threatening behavior”

The cameras will monitor the Westbank Transit Exchange on Elliot Road and Boucherie Mountain Transit Exchange on Westgate Road, 24/7. Signs informing people of the cameras have also been installed in the area.

Jones says council became aware of the problematic behaviour through city staff and also concerns from residents.  

“Council has received information from the public that they don’t feel it’s a safe place, particularly in the evening, particularly at certain times of day,” she says “and they have received enough complaints from the public to warrant this action”

Any illegal activity captured on video will be sent to the West Kelowna RCMP.