Crime on Britain’s railways falls for ninth year in a
Published: Monday, 12 August 2013
Crime on Britain’s railways has continued a long term
downward trend with a two per cent fall in notifiable offences in
This is the ninth successive year that crime has fallen, against
a background of rapidly growing passenger numbers and
The stats in more detail
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. To combat this, we launched Operation
Magnum in June 2013, which is aimed at combating phone theft, pickpocketing
and luggage theft.
- This year cable
crime was down 47%, building on a 13% reduction last
- Violent crime showed a small increase in
2012/13, with an additional 201 crimes across the network — the
first increase in violent crime for six years.
- Serious assaults are down almost eight per
cent, 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.
Download the full stats
Further breakdowns of the figures, by individual crime category,
by country/region and for the London Underground/DLR are available
in the Statistical Bulletin
2012/13 (PDF download).
An important year on Britain's railways
"2012/13 has been an exceptional year in our history, with the
Force playing a crucial role in the success of the 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games," said Chief Constable Andy
"At the same time, we have taken care of business as usual and
reduced crime for the ninth year in a row. I think that is a very
good performance and represents great value for money, particularly
in the context of a budget reduction in real terms of 14% since
“Increases in theft of passenger property, particularly those
targeting smartphones and tablets, reflect the growing problem
throughout London and the UK.
“We have made great inroads into the problem of cable theft,
which has been a major disruption factor on the rail network.
“Serious assaults are down almost eight per cent, but there has
been an increase of over three per cent in common assault.
Racially-aggravated harassment is a significant contribution to the
increase in violent crime, which I think reflects a growing
intolerance amongst the public of this sort of incident.”