British Transport Police aims to tackle surge in thefts from train passengers (From The Advertiser Series)
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British Transport Police aims to tackle surge in thefts from train passengers
5:27pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
RAIL passengers are being warned to be on guard against thieves and pickpockets.
British Transport Police has launched Operation Magnum to help tackle the problem.
The force has released video clips of the most common ways that thieves steal from rail passengers.
BTP officers are working with local police forces and train operators to disrupt the criminals’ activities.
The operation aims to help tackle the 16 per cent increase which occurred in thefts at stations and on trains across Britain last year.
Crime prevention leaflets will also be handed out to rail passengers.
BTP chief superintendent Terry Nicholson said: “Thefts on the rail network are generally committed by determined thieves whose sole intention is to steal from other passengers.
“We’ll use a range of tactics to create a really difficult environment for criminals to operate within, including intelligence-led patrols by uniformed officers and plain-clothes theft squad detectives.
“Thieves operating on the rail network should know that they will be caught and dealt with, no matter where they are operating across Britain.
“Operation Magnum is also about education. We want the public to watch our videos and know how to best look after their property on crowded trains.
“Top tips include keeping your luggage close by and checking on it regularly, keeping your valuables hidden if you’re going to sleep and always zipping up any hand or shoulder bags.”
The BTP video can be seen at www.btp.police.uk/theft.
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