GANGS TARGET LUXURY CARS AT TRAIN STATIONS
ORGANISED criminals are targeting luxury cars parked at railway stations across the West Midlands.
Crooks have been targeting flaws in the security systems of high- value vehicles that are parked at stations across the region, it’s understood.
The problem is so serious that the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has raised the issue with specific car manufacturers, accusing them of FAILING to protect customers.
The issue was raised at a Strategic Police and Crime Board on Tuesday where it was also revealed that railway crime has rocketed by 39 per cent.
Police admitted that vehicle crime was up by a staggering 145 per cent, anti- social behaviour was up 47 per cent and vio-
POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER DAVID JAMIESON
lence was up 64 per cent.
The numbers helped push total railway crime up in 2017/ 18 by 39 per cent and contributed to an 18 per cent rise in total public transport crime.
David Jamieson said: “The rise in vehicle thefts is concerning, it shows that crime is rising not falling as the government insists.
“I have been raising this issue with West Midlands Police to ensure a more robust response and I raised it with the Policing Minister last week too. In addition to recruiting officers to tackle crimes, I have called on leading manufacturers to bring in measures to protect their vehicles from theft.
“As well as tough police action, it is important manufacturers take responsibility to ensure their vehicles are much more difficult to steal.
“Manufacturers are failing in their duties to protect their customers. The manufacturers should face up to their responsibilities and ensure the expensive vehicles they sell are not as vulnerable to hacking and theft.”
Police confirmed during Tuesday’s meeting they have responded to the surge in crime by increasing patrols and working in partnership with British Transport Police ( BTP).
They also said action is ongoing against six people to secure transport banning orders.
A report to the Board, from Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, said: “The figures show a significant increase in rail crime which is largely vehicle crime and in the main is attributed to a crime group who are believed to be actively targeting rail car parks.
“Although this is BTP crime numbers, there is evidence of linked vehicle crime in the vicinity affecting West Midlands crime figures. In response to this, Safer Travel support BTP in joint patrols, ensuring they are coordinated,
I have called on leading manufacturers to bring in measures to protect their vehicles from theft.
effective and efficient at vulnerable locations.
Wider support has come from the Central Motorway Police Group ( CMPG) who have assisted in gathering intelligence which has recently led to the arrest of a key nominal.
“Safer Travel currently have six individuals with investigations ongoing for rail- related crime, and they are working with the legal department to bring about transport banning orders.”