Re­port out­lines rise in crime on pub­lic trans­port

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Solihull News - - FAITH MATTERS - TOM DARE tom. dare@ reach­plc. com

A RISE in the num­ber of crimes re­ported on buses, trains and trams was high­lighted by trans­port chiefs.

The West Mid­lands Trans­port De­liv­ery Com­mit­tee met to dis­cuss the rise in crime over the past 12 months, de­spite the estab­lish­ment of Trans- port for West Mid­lands’ Saf- er Travel Plan over 18 months ago.

A re­cent re­port showed that crime on pub­lic trans­port had gone up on rail, bus and the Mid­land Metro over 2017/ 18, ac­count­ing for a 12 per cent over­all rise in the num­ber of crimes re­ported to po­lice.

This is de­spite the estab­lish­ment of the Safer Trav- el Plan by the Safer Travel Part­ner­ship to­ward the end of 2016, which con­sists of the West Mid­lands Po­lice, Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice and Trans­port for West Mid­lands.

On its web­site, the Safer Travel Part­ner­ships states that it is “com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a safer trans­port net­work in the West Mid­lands, work­ing to iden­tify ar­eas of the net­work vul- ner­a­ble to crime, an­ti­so­cial and nui­sance be­hav­iour.”

The re­port notes that over 2017/ 18 bus crime is up seven per cent on the pre­vi­ous year, which equates to around 185 of­fences. Dur­ing the same time pe­riod Metro crime also in­creased slightly, up 20 of­fences on the pre­vi­ous year, while rail crime soared 18 per cent on the year be­fore, equat­ing to ap­prox­i­mately 356 of­fences.

How­ever, the fig­ures may not be as bad as they seem, par­tic­u­larly in light of the na­tional trend of pub­lic trans­port crime over the past 12 months.

The re­port claims: “It is wor­thy of note that de­spite this, the in­crease ex­pe­ri­enced in the West Mid­lands is far less than other­ar­eas of the coun­try.

“It is also im­por­tant to point out that the longer term trend is down­ward with crime on the bus net­work hav­ing re­duced by ap­prox­i­mately 70 per cent in the last 10 years and crime on the rail net­work by over 20 per cent.

“In ad­di­tion to this, in the fi­nal two months of the year, the trans­port net­work ex­pe­ri­enced much lower crime lev­els than ex­pected.”

Backed by Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner ( PCC) David Jamieson fol­low­ing its estab­lish­ment, the Safer Travel Plan set out six main goals, which it will con­tinue work­ing to­ward un­til 2020.

These were to re­duce crime, dis­or­der and ASB, fur­ther im­prove pas­sen­ger per­cep­tion of per­sonal safety, max­imise the ben­e­fits from the use of tech- nol­ogy, en­sure a co- or­di­nated part­ner­ship re­sponse to is­sues of road safety, en­hance the use of civil in­ter­ven­tions and im­prove pas­sen­ger en­gage­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Crime on buses, trains and the Metro has in­creased, but by less than the na­tional av­er­age, trans­port chiefs pointed out

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