Report outlines rise in crime on public transport
Bosses meet to discuss shock statistics revealed
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