Bus crime on fast forward
PUBLISHED: 16:33 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:28 01 July 2010
CRIME on buses has rocketed in the past two years, according to a report by the London Assembly. A report by the Assembly show huge increases in violent crime, robbery and criminal damage. However Transport for London (TfL) disputed the figures, calli
CRIME on buses has rocketed in the past two years, according to a report by the London Assembly.
A report by the Assembly show huge increases in violent crime, robbery and criminal damage.
However Transport for London (TfL) disputed the figures, calling them 'misleading' and not up to date. Chairman of the transport committee, Roger Evans refuted the backlash. He said: "Transport for London's knee-jerk reaction of trying to rubbish this report is incredibly disappointing. Anti-social behaviour leads to fear of crime and fear of crime makes people less likely to use public transport."
The Assembly report showed a massive 41 per cent hike in criminal damage between 2004-5 and 2005-6 while robbery increased 39 per cent and violence against a person rose by 11 per cent.
It recommended more CCTV and further training for drivers to stifle criminal activity. Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesman, Geoff Pope, said: "Londoners do not feel safe on buses in the capital and we need action now to address the fear of crime."
He suggested security guards for buses: "While it would be hugely expensive to bring back uniformed staff on every London bus, it is surely high time we had them on busy where crime levels are known to be high."
Despite the soaring figures across the capital, police claim violent attacks and other crime on Bromley buses have dropped "dramatically".
Bromley police were the first to introduce 'Safer Transport Teams' to specifically tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on buses and bus routes. Problem routes, specifically routes 208 and 61 which accounted for 25 per cent of all offences on buses on the borough were targeted. Police now claim both routes have seen a reduction in offences with route 61 seeing a huge 86 per cent drop in crime. Sergeant John Fleming, head of the Safer Transport Teams, said police aren't just tackling violence. He said: "Additionally we are focusing on anti-social behaviour such as graffiti and vandalism which contribute to a disproportionate fear of crime.