Train and Tube crime on rise

In­ci­dents soared by nearly 12% over year

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

THE num­ber of crimes on London’s trains and Tubes has soared by nearly 12% in the last year.

Bri­tish Trans­port Police (BTP), who deal with crime on the coun­try’s rail­ways, recorded 10,719 of­fences across the cap­i­tal dur­ing 2015/16, up from 9,599 the pre­vi­ous year.

The sig­nif­i­cant rise was re­vealed in the force’s an­nual re­port, which was pub­lished on Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 1.

Sex­ual of­fences against women rose par­tic­u­larly sharply year on year, from 382 to 623.

How­ever, BTP said this in­crease could be par­tially down to more women re­port­ing such crimes, fol­low­ing con­certed ef­forts to en­cour­age vic­tims to come for­ward – in­clud­ing the launch of the 61016 text re­port­ing ser­vice.

There was also a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in vi­o­lent crime, up from 2,255 to 2,777, although the num­ber of se­ri­ous as­saults rose by less than 5 per cent.

While many crimes rose, re­ports of peo­ple car­ry­ing drugs nearly halved, from 352 to 194.

Across Bri­tain, trans­port crime rose by 4.35 per cent, with vi­o­lent of­fences up by 21.29 per cent.

BTP said crime on rail­ways in Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales had risen in 2015/16 af­ter 11 suc­ces­sive years of re­duc­tions, but had still gone up by less than crime across the UK as a whole.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “As the chal­lenges of polic­ing the rail net­work change, we must re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately. While the chance of be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime on the rail net­work might be lower, we none­the­less re­main de­ter­mined to put even more ef­fort into pre­vent­ing crimes that cause the most fear and present the great­est threat, risk and harm.

“We are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the pub­lic and rail in­dus­try re­ceive the very best, most ef­fec­tive polic­ing pos­si­ble.

“Through the de­liv­ery of our spe­cial­ist ser­vices and the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of ev­ery­one who works for BTP, we con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing we can to keep peo­ple safe and se­cure.”

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