Crime on London’s transport network continues to fall according to new figures issued by Transport for London.
On the bus network overall crime is down 9.4% while crime on the Tube and DLR has fallen by 10.1%.
Despite the overall decreases the number of drug and sexual offences on the Tube and DLR rose by 32% and 15.3% respectively.
On the bus network some areas have seen increases of up to 86% in the number of robberies.
Commenting on the figures Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “With more officers on the network, and targeted police operations, my teams have worked tirelessly to crack down on crime on our transport system, and to keep it down while passenger number soar.
“Nevertheless, we are not complacent and while these figures are encouraging, more can be done and we will not relent from our focus on making stations safer, ensuring uniformed officers are highly visible on public transport and curbing anti social behaviour.”
Joanne McCartney, Labour’s policing spokesperson on the London Assembly, welcomed the overall falls but called on the Mayor to reverse the increase in robberies.
Ms McCartney said: “The dramatic rise of muggings on London’s buses is deeply concerning. While it is good news that other types of crime are falling it is very worrying that this type of often violent crime is rising.
“It is even more worrying that the police’s Safer Transport Teams are understaffed. The police do an excellent job keeping us safe, but how are they supposed to do their job properly if they are so thinly stretched?”
“With the Olympics only 7 weeks away we need assurances from Mayor Johnson that these vacancies will be filled and visitors to London will remember their trip for all the right reasons.”