Dublin Bus is to install digital camera to help tackle anti-social behaviour on its vehicles.

Eight security cameras are to be installed on each Dublin bus as part of a new initiative to curb anti-social behaviour.

At a cost of €2.8 million, the project aims to keep the half a million passengers that use the service every day safe.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Alan MacHugh warns people who engage in anti-social behaviour that their actions will be recorded and can be used in court proceedings.

The monitoring system consists of eight digital cameras positioned throughout the bus.

Images recorded every one to two seconds are stored on a hard drive on board the bus.

Ray Desay of Dublin Bus explains how the images are downloaded from the hard drive to a computer.

The hope is that would-be vandals will have no place to hide.

Dublin Bus hopes the footage will assist in claims made against the company and also assist in prosecutions for smoking, vandalism and assaults.

Martin Cullen, Minister for Transport, refers to the recent terrorist attacks on London buses which has contributed to a sharp awareness of the need for security on board.

Dublin Bus hopes to equip ninety per cent of its fleet with the new technology by the end of the year.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 July 2005. The reporter is Jonathan Clynch.