Every theft tweeted over 24 hours to highlight thieves’ tactics

Published: Thursday, 29 August 2013

BTP tweeted every passenger property theft on the railways reported over the previous 24 hours using the hashtag #EveryTheft.

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The tweets were broadcast on the @btp_uk account ‘as live’ at the exact time a theft was reported 24 hours earlier. The marathon tweets were done to highlight to passengers the importance of looking after personal belongings and valuables.

The day-long live tweet is part of Operation Magnum, a campaign to help rail passengers keep their possessions safe from pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves.

The nationwide operation was launched to tackle the 16% rise in theft at stations and on trains across Britain last year.

Chief Constable Andy Trotter said: “Crime on the rail network is down for the ninth successive year, but theft of passenger property remains one of our top priorities. The variety of our live tweets underlines the importance of looking after belongings and valuables on the railway.

“Twitter is a useful tool to highlight these thefts, but we’d remind anyone not to use Twitter to report crime; instead call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.”

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