Crime down on region’s railways

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CRIME on the region’s railways has fallen by more than a 10th – the fifth year a drop has been recorded.

Figures from the British Transport Police (BTP) show that the North-East saw 12 per cent less crime linked to railway lines in 2011-12.

Sexual offences fell by 30 per cent, violent crime fell by six per cent and robberies were down 19 per cent.

Vandalism dropped by 13 per cent and theft was also down, with incidents of cable theft that had blighted the industry down by 32 per cent.

Theft of passengers’ property was cut by eight per cent and theft of railway property 19 per cent.

Chief Superintendent of the North Eastern Area for the BTP, Terry Nicholson, said: “This has been a very successful year for BTP and the rail industry.

“This sustained downward trend in crime is a tribute to the dedication of officers and staff, and also down to the excellent partnerships we have with rail operators, who continue to invest in the security of their customers and staff.”

Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, added: “It’s good news for passengers that the crime rate on Britain’s railways continues to get ever lower.

“These figures show that this hard work is paying off, but train companies are not complacent and will continue to work with BTP and other industry organisations to ensure that our railways remain as safe as they possibly can be for passengers and staff.”