Less crime on Southern rail network

FIGURES released by British Transport Police for the last year show that reported crime on the Southern network has decreased by 7.2 per cent.

In the 12 months to April, overall crime figures have fallen from 3,492 incidents in 2009/10 to 3,242 in 2010/11 – a reduction of 250, and more than 900 fewer crimes than in 2008/09. The figure also represents a 33.1 per cent reduction on 2006/07 statistics.

Southern’s head of revenue protection and security Martin Grier said: “This is great news for our passengers and colleagues at Southern. We have worked extremely hard alongside British Transport Police to prevent, detect and deal with crime on our network. The fall in figures show without doubt that the measures we have in place and the activities of our Safer Travel Teams are really making a difference.”

Crimes including theft, criminal damage and property were 53 per cent of the overall total with crimes against the person being just 14 per cent of the overall figure. Public order offences which include anti-social behaviour counted for 20 per cent.