BTP scoop award for anti-theft campaign

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British Transport Police (BTP) officers and staff are celebrating after the Force scooped an award for its anti-theft campaign.

Operation Magnum was launched in April 2013 to tackle pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves who target passengers across the railway network.

Between April 1, 2013 and Wednesday, March 26, 2014, theft committed on trains and at stations has reduced by 16.1 per cent, with 2,728 fewer victims compared to the same period the previous year.

The initiative won the O2 Passenger Services Innovation Award, with the £10,000 prize money being donated to BTP’s chosen charity, The Railway Children.

The award recognised BTPs use of technology to improve passenger journeys while travelling on the rail network across England, Scotland and Wales.

Officers have used a range of tactics to create a really difficult environment for criminals to operate within, and the use of technology has been essential.

Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden, who leads the operation, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by O2 and are thrilled to be able to donate £10,000 to he Railway Children. “We will continue to do everything we can to disrupt and deter thieves who brazenly snatch expensive smartphones from distracted passengers’ hands and those who steal luggage and valuables on trains.

Terina Keene, Railway Childen’s Chief Executive, said: “It is fantastic to receive such tremendous support by the British Transport Police towards the charity’s work.”