Railway crime falls for ninth year

Burscough Curves rail link'The Ormskirk to Preston railway line near to Burscough Junction Station
Burscough Curves rail link'The Ormskirk to Preston railway line near to Burscough Junction Station

Crime on Britain’s railways has fallen for the ninth year in a row, said British Transport Police.

Whilst the overall rate of crime declines, the targeting of easily saleable high-tech devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and organised pickpocketing activity, has created a rise in theft offences.

•This year cable crime was down 47%.

•Violent crime showed a small increase in 2012/13, •Serious assaults are down almost 8% but there has been an increase of over three per cent in common assault.

•Within the violent crime category, assaults on rail staff are down five per cent.

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