Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

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Bus Security

  • Dorothy Moses SchulzEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_111-1


Bus (motor coach) security is comprised of the procedures and activities to protect equipment, facilities, employees, and patrons of bus companies from harm; it includes efforts to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents that may occur on vehicles, at terminals and waiting areas, or others areas for which bus companies are responsible.


Assessing security needs and responses of bus systems is challenged by the large number and types of bus systems operating in North America. Security for buses has received less attention than for other transit modes (such as air or rail travel). With few exceptions, bus security is less focused on violent and terrorist-related crimes than on public order offenses in stations, waiting rooms, and on vehicles, and with crimes against the transit system itself such as vandalism, theft of fares, assaults on bus operators, and sometimes vehicle hijackings (Bus Safety Data Report 2018). Also, because bus systems are...


Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Closed circuit video surveillance (CCTV) Operator assaults 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice AdministrationJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)New YorkUSA