Southern rail bucks crime trend with reduced incidents

Figures released by British Transport Police (BTP) show that reported crime on the Southern network has fallen in the last 12 months, with 385 fewer offences being committed.

Southern’s figures show crime is down by 8.23 per cent. This bucks the trend in comparison to the total crime figures for London and the South of England over the same period which rose slightly by 0.78 per cent. In the 12 months to April, overall crimes reported fell from 4,679 incidents in 2012/13 to 4,294 in 2013/14 – a reduction of 385.

Southern’s Head of Revenue Protection and Security, Stella Morris said: “Crime continues to fall every year on the Southern network which is a testament to the efforts of BTP, our own staff and the investment we have made in making our stations and trains much safer places to be. We are particularly pleased that anti-social crime has fallen by well over 14 per cent. This kind of crime is where we can make the biggest impact and the work of our Safer Travel Team with its 32 Rail Neighbourhood Officers has contributed hugely to this reduction.”

“There are 169 million passenger journeys on Southern each year, so there is just one crime committed for every 39,000 journeys, making the chances of becoming a victim of crime on Southern’s network very slim. We know there is still much work to do and we will continue to work with BTP.”