Think it's fun to play on the railway or OK to take a shortcut
along the tracks? Think again. This CCTV footage shows the shocking
reality of trespass.
New figures show one person every hour puts
their life in danger by trespassing on the railway, with trespass
now being at a 10-year high.
In the last decade, almost 170 people have
lost their lives trespassing on the railway. Almost half of those
killed were under the age of 25.
Research also shows young people are more
likely to take a risk on the tracks, with seasonal peaks in
incidents coinciding with the spring and summer school holidays.
Last year our officers caught more than 550 children walking along
or messing around on the tracks.
Most trespassers say taking a shortcut was
their main motivation, followed by thrill-seeking. But going on the
tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death.
We’re doing all we can to keep people safe by
patrolling areas we know they’re likely to trespass and prevent
them from doing so. We’re also working closely with Network Rail
and train operators to reduce trespass by improving security across
the network, using covert surveillance to catch offenders
going into schools to warn children of the
dangers of trespassing.
But we cannot tackle this issue alone. That is
why we are urging parents and young people to take a reality check
when it comes to trespass. It’s not a game: they are real tracks,
with real trains and real life consequences.
You can help us drive down trespass by talking
to your children about the dangers of going on the tracks and
making sure you get home safely. Don’t let your door be the one we
knock on to say your loved one has been killed or seriously injured
as a result of trespassing.
drivers story: Listen to Dave talk about a near-miss in
Birmingham and the effect it had on him.