Crime on London's transport network has hit a record low

 
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TfL said reported crime on its network fell a record low of 8.3 per cent (Source: Getty)

Crime on London's transport network hit a new record low in the period between the start of April last year until the end of March 2015.

TfL said crime on its network slipped to just 8.3 per cent during this period, the ninth year of decreases, which also comes against a backdrop of rapidly rising passenger numbers.

This was mainly due to declines on its buses as well as its London Underground and Docklands Light Railway service.

"I applaud the success of British Transport Police, Metropolitan Police and TfL in bringing crime down to record lows," Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said.

"We will be relentless in driving it down even further and will be making an enhanced police presence available for the night tube so that the network remains a safe, low crime environment whatever the time of day."

Nevertheless the number of reported sexual offences soared which TfL said was down to a new initiative encouraging victims to report these incidences.

It said that Project Guardian has raised public awareness of unwanted sexual behaviour as well as encouraging victims to report these typically underreported crimes.

The Bulletin brought together crime statistics from the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police, detailing crime related to Transport for London's transport networks.

But while the top figure for crime on London's transport services has fallen, which crimes actually increased?

Bus network

Crime on the bus network decreased by 5.7 per cent, also marking the ninth consecutive year it had fallen. Despite the overall fall "other notifiable offences" as well as "sexual offences" both rose during this period.

London Underground and Docklands Light Railway

On the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) network, crime fell by a further 12.4 per cent - also the ninth consecutive year of reduced crime.

But violence against the person, sexual offences, line of route and theft of railway property/burglary all increased during this period.

London Overground

London's sprawling overground system saw a reduction in crime of 4.9 per cent however violence against the person, sexual offences, line of route, motor vehicle and cycle offences, serious fraud increased year-on-year.

Tramlink services

Tramlink services experienced a 22.7 per cent reduction in crime however violence against the person as well as sexual offences increased.

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