CRIME on trains in the region has dropped for the fifth year running, falling by 12 per cent, new figures show.
British Transport Police (BTP) revealed that sexual offences slumped by 30 per cent, violent crime by six per cent, robberies by 19 per cent and vandalism, including criminal damage, by 13 per cent.
Thefts were also down, with cable theft dropping by 32 per cent, theft of passengers’ property by eight per cent and theft of railway property by 19 per cent.
Chief Superintendent of the North East Terry Nicholson said: “This has been a very successful year for BTP and the rail industry.
“This sustained downward trend in crime is a tribute to the dedication of officers and staff, and also down to the excellent partnerships we have with rail operators, who continue to invest in the security of their customers and staff.
“It also reflects the hard work of BTP staff at a time when more and more are demanded from them as budgets decline.”
Michael Roberts, head of the Association of Train Operating Companies, added: “It’s good news for passengers that the crime rate on Britain’s railways continues to get ever lower.
“Train companies take the safety and security of their passengers and staff extremely seriously, which is why they spend millions of pounds installing more helps points at stations, providing funding for BTP and improving CCTV on trains.
“These figures show that this hard work is paying off, but train companies are not complacent and will continue to work with BTP and other industry organisations to ensure that our railways remain as safe as they possibly can be for passengers and staff.”
In the year 2011/12, BTP in the North East hit all six of its local policing plan targets, and seven out of nine national targets.
Targets include reducing crime, disruption and antisocial behaviour, as well as improving value for money and solving more crime.
Mr Nicholson added: “If anyone wants to see the value of successful public services, they have only to look at us.
“BTP has a record of consistent achievement over an extended period, whilst achieving ever greater value for money.”