Transport for London (TfL) has welcomed British Transport Police (BTP) figures showing that crime on the Tube and DLR networks, including assaults on LU staff, has fallen over the past year.
Overall crime on the Tube and DLR was down 4 per cent rom 15,109 incidents in the previous year to 14,536. The biggest reductions were in drug-related offences (down 21.7%), public disorder incidents (22.7%) and criminal damage (down 17.2%).
TfL and Mayor Boris Johnson say the decline is the result of additional investment in security and re-iterated commitments to increase CCTV cameras from 12,000 “to more than 14,000” in the next few years.
A statement issued on Tuesday by TfL also cited the planned redeployment of Underground staff “from behind ticket offices move out onto station platforms” as further evidence of measures being taken to enhance security.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “Thanks to the tireless work of the British Transport Police, TfL and the Met, our transport system is now extremely safe.
“Other cities around the world now look to London’s network as an example of good policing, but we must never be complacent about crime, and must continue to invest to ensure that it is safe for all and that everyone can travel with confidence.”