Survey will help shape policing of railways

Lancaster Railway Station. Stock Picture.
Lancaster Railway Station. Stock Picture.

Rail passengers and staff are being given the chance to have their say on the way the county’s railways are policed.

By completing a short online survey, British Transport Police (BTP) wants the general public and rail staff to tell them what concerns them most about travelling or working on trains.

Crime on the railway has fallen for the 10th successive year, but anyone who travels by train is invited to tell BTP their views on how trains and stations are policed, and any concerns they have about using rail services, and if they are worried about any particular type of crime such as:

lAre travellers and rail staff more concerned with cycle theft or pickpockets?

lDo they want to see more uniformed officers on late-night trains?

lIs graffiti more of a concern than ticket fraud? Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “The work we have done to reduce crime on trains and at stations in the past 12 months has made a significant impact – Operation Magnum, for instance, has helped to bring down theft of passenger property by 17%.

“BTP is committed to getting passengers to their destination safely and making sure rail staff are safe at work.

“The answers people give us will help improve the service we provide in policing the railway and London Underground during the coming year.”

Chief Constable Crowther said: “What you tell us will help shape railway policing in the months to come.”

‘Railway Policing: What matters to you’ can be completed online, at www.btp.police.uk/survey.aspx.