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The Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) Safer Transport Command (STC) built upon the lowest ever rates of crime on the transport network during Operation Presence, ensuring the continued safety of the travelling public and transport staff.
During this three day, pan-London operation which commenced Thursday 30 May, STC officers and Borough-based Safer Transport Teams, funded by TfL, conducted highly visible patrols on bus routes, engaged with passengers and staff, tackled any crime and disorder and ensured opportunities to commit crime were reduced.
Transport related crime was targeted with 70 arrests made for various offences which included pickpocketing, cycle theft, and robbery.
Safer Transport Teams engaged with over 1,300 people, providing them with personal safety advice as well as cycle security marking and registration.
The STC's ongoing programme of intelligence-led patrols and operations such as this contribute to the continued drop in transport related crime with fewer victims of crime and increased passenger safety on the transport network.
The operation also meant that Safer Transport Teams were on hand to support Transport for London Revenue Protection Inspectors who were carrying out static and mobile inspections to check for fare evasion and ensure passengers have paid the correct fare for their journey.
Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, MPS Safer Transport Command, said: "We are in the business of safeguarding the travelling public and transport staff.
"Our officers regularly and tirelessly carry out patrols and operations such as Operation Presence to uphold and maintain a safe, low crime transport network for our transport community.
"We will continue to deter and disrupt any criminal activity and if you do commit an offence, you will be caught and if convicted every avenue of punishment will be considered - so the advice in this message is clear: Crime on London's transport network will NOT be tolerated - we will bring to justice those responsible."
Siwan Hayward, Acting Director (CSEP) Community, Safety and Enforcement, Policing, TfL, said: "Our transport network continues to be a safe, low crime environment, and operations such as this help it to remain that way. We want all users of our services to travel safely and with confidence and we will continue to work with our transport policing partners to ensure the network remains safe."
Here are some tips to remember when travelling:
- Keep your possessions with you, fully zipped and out of sight at all times
- Never keep your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket
- Keep your handbag over your shoulder diagonally
- Try to have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so your purse or wallet is out of sight
- Stay alert, especially in large crowds, and be aware of the activities of people around you
- If you think you may have lost your property, speak to a member of staff or visit www.tfl.gov.uk/lostproperty
- Report stolen property to a police officer or to a member of staff (reporting an item as being stolen if it has been lost is a criminal offence)
- If you see anything suspicious report it to a police officer or member of staff
- For details of your local Safer Transport Team visit: www.met.police.uk/transport