15:17 Monday 09 December 2013

Cops crackdown on railway crime

Written byROB SMYTH

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A MAJOR operation to crackdown on theft across trains coming in and out of Burton Railway Station is being launched in the build up to Christmas.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers will be running several special operation to tackle the theft of passenger property such as presents and bags from the town during the next few weeks.

Officers will also be on the look out for those who act antisocially, while ensuring that rail staff are not subjected to any kind of abuse or assault.

BTP superintendent Eddie Wylie said: “Traditionally we see a rise in the number of people using trains and stations at this time of year.

“Unfortunately with this we also see an increase in thieves targeting passengers on the railway.

“They often look to take advantage of people who may have consumed too much alcohol, or who may be travelling with a lot of luggage to visit family and friends, or unsuspecting shoppers carrying bags containing expensive presents home.

“We want to create a hostile environment for thieves, making it as difficult as we can for them to operate on any part of the railway network this Christmas.

“We are undertaking extra high visibility and under cover patrols and will be using the excellent CCTV system on the rail network to catch people in the act and put them before the courts.

“This campaign is also about education.

“We want people to be aware of the tactics that thieves use and how best they can safeguard themselves and look after their property on crowded trains and at stations.”

In the run-up to Christmas, officers will be handing out luggage tags and leaflets with crime prevention advice as well as activity sheets for younger travellers.

Officers will also be encouraging passengers to register their mobile phones and electrical devices online.

Travellers are also being urged to zip up handbags and to keep wallets in an inside pocket.

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