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Safety After Dark - Cardno combats a real threat of crime against women after dark

Always at the forefront of digital innovation, and with intrinsic safety values, we are exceptionally proud to contribute to transforming the way people utilise transport throughout Greater Sydney.

“The challenge with safety after dark for women is the real threat of crime, and the psychological fear due to the perception of danger.” ~ Linh Truong
Safety After Dark
With an alarming 9/10 women reporting they have been harassed when travelling on the public transport network, it is crucial that we provide women with safe travel options. Always at the forefront of digital innovation, and with intrinsic safety values, we are exceptionally proud to contribute to transforming the way people utilise transport throughout Greater Sydney.

In partnership with Transport for NSW and Dr Meead Saberi from the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cardno is developing a passive surveillance index for city streets, which aims to improve the real and perceived safety for women after dark, in public transport environments.

Linh Truong, Business Leader – Transport, is passionate about empowering women, wherever they travel, day and night. With an exceptional Sydney-based team specialising in planning and designing safe, efficient and sustainable transport infrastructure and networks, the Safety After Dark initiative is a complementary and significant project.

“The challenge with safety after dark for women is the real threat of crime, and the psychological fear due to the perception of danger.” ~ Linh Truong

Linh’s team will develop a passive surveillance index using data-driven localised mapping that will empower women through information. Linh explains that “passive surveillance is essential in a transit environment after dark because it reduces opportunities for crimes against women to occur. At the same time, passive surveillance improves the perception of personal safety which means you feel safer.” The index could go on to become a powerful tool to inform investment and town planning decisions that fill the gaps and make the night time economy safer and more engaging for everyone.

Elizabeth Muscat, Transport Planner, has been immersed in this project since inception and shares her valuable insight into how the positive effects will ripple through to the wider community.

“The outcomes are positive for communities as a whole. We will see restaurants, councils, and local businesses benefit because providing women with the knowledge of areas that have higher passive surveillance invites them to more freely participate in the community at night.”

The success of this highly anticipated project is solidified by utilising Cardno’s pool of remarkable talent. Much appreciation is extended to Phil Woods, Senior Geospatial Consultant, and Austen Pepper, Location Intelligence Team Leader, for their collaborative and solution-focussed approach.

Video: Elizabeth and other stakeholders talk about what this project means to them, and the community.

Click for more information about the Innovation Challenge: Safety After Dark


For a quality conversation with our transport specialists, contact:

Linh Truong
Business Leader - Transport
Linh.Truong@cardno.com.au

Elizabeth Muscat
Transport Planner
Elizabeth.Muscat@cardno.com.au

Austen Pepper
Location Intelligence Team Leader
Austen.Pepper@cardno.com.au

Phil Woods
Senior Geospatial Consultant
Phil.Woods@cardno.com


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