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Recorded railway crime up by 12 per cent in one year

FIGURES released by British Transport Police show that recorded crime is rising on the railway, which BTP says is partly because more people are using trains, while the increases in station trading, including larger retail areas, mean that shoplifting is now becoming increasingly common on railway property. Other common categories include theft of luggage or other items belonging to passengers and also anti-social behaviour. The force recorded 68,313 notifiable crimes in 2018-19, up 12 per cent from the 2017-18 total of 60,867. Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said: ‘Despite this increase, when put into context it is important to remember that the chance of becoming a victim of crime on the railway is very low.’

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