Tube and DLR thefts of property increase by almost half

by Alister POOLE on June 8, 2011

Theft of railway property across the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway has increased by at least 48% over the past 12 months, according to the British Transport Police.

The situation is worse than the overall national picture, which saw only a 15% rise in such a crime. In addition though, robbery and fraud also increased more than the UK national average, however overall crime dropped by 7.3%.

Transport for London says that it isn’t complacent about dealing with problems, which include copper cable theft. The British Transport Police said that a 70% increase nationally in theft of copper cables played a huge role in the general rise of theft of railway property, further leading to disruptions to London train services.

On London Underground and Docklands Light Rail networks, incidents of railway property thefts, including cable theft, increased from 407 in the 2010 to 602 in 2011. As well as this, robberies also saw a 17.5% rise from 137 incidents up to 161, matched with an increase of over 10.2% in fraud offences, figures showed.

Transport for London said that the increase in robbery offences is low particularly when put into the context of how many billion journeys are made. To combat this, British Transport Police officers will use various tactics such as covert operations and tightly-knit community based intelligence to punish those whose actions might disrupt the Tube or the Docklands Light Rail.

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