According to the latest official statistics, the number of violent crimes recorded on Britain’s railways increased by 16 per cent last year.
The figures from the British Transport Police (BTP) show that there were 13,591 offences on Britain’s railways including attempted murder and serious and common assault, a figure up on the 11,671 offences in the previous year.
Six homicides also took place on Britain’s railways during 2018-19.
There was also a significant rise in all crimes on the railways, with 68,313 offences recorded between 1 April last year and 31 March 2019, a 12 per cent increase on 2017-18.
The largest share of overall offences was recorded by BTP’s north of England division, where there were 27,377 offences last year. The division also had the largest number of recorded violent crimes in 2018-19, at 5,729.
Adrian Hanstock, the Deputy Chief Constable of the BTP, said the record number of passengers using the railways was behind the jump in crime rates.
The Deputy Chief Constable said: “Theft, antisocial behaviour and shoplifting accounted for a large proportion of the overall increase as stations become increasingly commercial environments.
“Despite this increase, when put into context it is important to remember that the chance of becoming a victim of crime on the railway is very low. Of course, any rise in crime is of concern to us and we are tackling this head-on through our problem-solving initiatives at key locations.”