London Transport crime down 8.3%

New figures have shown an 8.3% decrease in the crimes committed on public transport in London compared to the year 2014-15. The figures came out as Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced the details of policing the 24 hour tube which comes into effect in September and includes the jubilee line which goes to North Greenwich. The DLR which serves Greenwich and Woolwich is also set to offer a 24 hour service.  

 

The statistics show crimes committed on London buses fell by 5.7% while crimes on the Underground and DLR fell by 12.4%. Despite the overall drop in crime there was an increase in the number of reported sexual offences, which is a result of a joint campaign by TfL and the Police to raise awareness of sexual harassment on public transport and encourage victims to come forward. It was also announced today that Police would patrol 144 stations overnight with more than 100 officers.

 

Deputy Chairman of Greenwich Conservatives, James Worron, welcomed the news saying “Since Boris became Mayor in 2008 we’ve seen crime in London reach record lows and I’m pleased that this is reflected on public transport as well as in the community. With such a large proportion of the population using public transport it is vital we maintain a strong and visible police presence and today’s announcement should achieve that”.