Following concerns raised regarding the behaviour of a number of revellers in the Subway, passengers and staff will see an increase in high-profile and high-visibility British Transport Police (BTP). Officers will be on patrol regularly at the network’s 15 stations and on trains – particularly later services – to reduce the possibility of customers having to endure alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour and also to ensure no services are disrupted unnecessarily.
Passengers – particularly those heading to and from a festive night out – are also being urged to consider their own behaviour when enjoying the celebrations and that any antisocial conduct could lead to arrests.
Gordon Maclennan, SPT Chief Executive said:
“We want everyone to enjoy the festive season. However this time of year is also traditionally when incidents of anti-social behaviour and verbal abuse of staff increases in the Subway. It makes people feel uncomfortable in what is a very safe environment. This is why we are working in partnership with BTP to tackle these issues during the holidays.
“We would also like to encourage customers to report antisocial behaviour either to staff in our stations or to the Police directly and not take any unnecessary risks themselves.”
Officers on patrol will be wearing body worn video recording equipment throughout and CID officers will also be involved in pro-active plain-clothes duties during the initiative.
Inspector Lynda Lang of British Transport Police said:
“By increasing our visibility and activity at this time of year we will be reassuring the public that they can travel in a safe and secure environment.
“The Subway plays an important part in our festive period initiatives across the country and this activity allows us to show the vital role BTP has to play in keeping passengers safe and Subway disruption to a minimum.”
Awareness raising activity around theft will also be highlighted in coming weeks during a nationwide BTP initiative designed to help passengers keep valuables safe from pickpockets, gadget-grabbers and luggage thieves.
13 video clips are available to help passengers spot the most common tricks thieves use. There are a number of other steps you can take to keep property as safe as possible when on travelling by rail:
- Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket
- Zip up hand and shoulder bags
- Carry bags close by and in front of you, with flaps against your body
- Check your luggage and other possessions regularly – especially at stops
- Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm
- Don’t display jewellery, mobile phones and MP3 players
- Don’t show your money – keep it safely in your pocket
- Stay alert and aware of what’s going on around you when using your phone or tablet in public
- Consider installing a tracker application on your smartphone or tablet
- Keep a record of the unique reference number (IMEI) on your smartphone by dialling *#06#
If you have been affected by antisocial behaviour or think your property has been stolen, stay calm and try not to panic – tell a member of staff or a Police Officer straight away.
Report a theft on the railway network to British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. In an emergency, always dial 999.