Crackdown on rail crime

MORE than £4million of CCTV cameras have been installed on trains in East Anglia as part of a major crackdown on rail crime, it has emerged.Rail operator One has fitted 138 trains with the special equipment in a bid to boost passenger security.

MORE than £4million of CCTV cameras have been installed on trains in East Anglia as part of a major crackdown on rail crime, it has emerged.

Rail operator One has fitted 138 trains with the special equipment in a bid to boost passenger security.

The project was funded jointly by One and Transport for London and comes on top of the security cameras already in place on 21 trains.

The rail operator also plans to fit many of its Class 317 fleet with CCTV during the next 12 months as well as upgrade CCTV provision in stations.


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During 2005/06, a total of 7,998 malicious acts on the railway were recorded, which was almost 20 per cent lower than the previous year.

Despite the improvements, vandalism still accounts for almost half of all reportable train incidents.

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Footage collected from security cameras is retained and monitored by One, British Transport Police and police.

It has already helped solve a stabbing incident on a Metro train earlier this year, charge a vandal carrying out graffiti and, more recently, assisted Suffolk Constabulary's inquiry into the deaths of five prostitutes in Ipswich by identifying the movements of 24-year-old victim Anneli Alderton.

One hopes the additional security measures will deter crime and solve it as well as make travellers feel safer.

Dominic Booth, One's managing director, said: “One is pleased to be able confirm the completion of the security upgrade for two of our main train fleets, with the installation of CCTV cameras on all 61 Class 315 units and all 77 Class 321 units.

“We are committed to providing our passengers and staff with a safe travelling environment and this £4m project, vastly improves on-board security arrangements, with new equipment providing high quality images - which will assist in the prevention and detection of crime on our trains.

“We will continue to take action to improve safety and security on our trains and at our stations.”

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