Bus crime falls by 30 per cent

BUS crime has fallen by 30 per cent in Barking and Dagenham, according to Mayor of London Boris Johnson. He unveiled the figures as he launched the last of 32 policing teams dedicated to patrolling transport hubs across London. The team in Barking and Dag

BUS crime has fallen by 30 per cent in Barking and Dagenham, according to Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

He unveiled the figures as he launched the last of 32 policing teams dedicated to patrolling transport hubs across London.

The team in Barking and Dagenham was rolled out in January and is jointly funded by Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service.

The nine-strong team patrol on and around the bus network.


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Mr Johnson said: "When I became mayor, I pledged to make buses, trains and stations safer.

"It is extremely encouraging to see the positive effect these policing teams are already having in Barking and Dagenham and across the rest of the capital.

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"Crime on buses has fallen in every single borough and this is in no small part thanks to the increased number of officers around our transport network.

"There is still a lot of work to be done and we will be working tirelessly to build on this success."

David Brown, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: "We have seen a further significant reduction in bus crime over the past year and there are now only 12 crimes for every million bus journeys taken.

"Our passengers can travel in confidence knowing that they are extremely unlikely to be a victim of a crime when travelling on London's bus network.

"The mayor's commitment and investment in visible transport policing across our network has proved to be a real success and has helped us cut crime to its lowest in five years.

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