Tram 86, Melbourne.

CCTV from the number 86 tram on which murder victim Aiia Maasarwe travelled assisted police to make an arrest within hours of its receipt yet CCTV coverage of Melbourne trams has yawning gaps.

Public Transport Victoria CEO Jeroen Weimar said one third of trams on the network have cameras installed.

“Every new tram we add to the network, and we’re adding about one tram a month, is equipped with around 10 cameras inside and outside the tram,” Weimar said.

“We are working very closely with Victoria Police and we have shared CCTV from a number of trams on that night,” Weimar said. “The tram that Aiia was on that night had CCTV, there was footage and that has been provided to Victoria Police.”

Police are becoming increasingly reliant on public and private CCTV systems not only to make arrests but to record convictions.

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