Linlithgow commuters asked to shape rail policing policy

British Transport Police want commuters to shape safety policy.
British Transport Police want commuters to shape safety policy.

Following recent incidents at Linlithgow Railway Station, residents are now being given a say on the way the county’s railways are policed.

British Transport Police (BTP) wants the general public and rail staff to tell them what concerns them most about travelling or working on trains by completing a short online survey.

Crime on the railway has fallen for the 10th successive year but commuters are being invited to tell BTP their views on how trains and stations are policed.

People are also being asked to share any concerns they have about using rail services and if they are worried about any particular type of crime.

* Are travellers and rail staff more concerned with cycle theft or pickpockets?

* Do they want to see more uniformed officers on late-night trains?

* Is graffiti more of a concern than ticket fraud?

All of these and more will be covered in the survey.

Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “The work we have done to reduce crime on trains and at stations in the past 12 months has made a significant impact.

“Operation Magnum, for instance, has helped to bring down theft of passenger property by 17 per cent. BTP is committed to getting passengers to their destination safely and making sure rail staff are safe at work.

“The answers people give us will help improve the service we provide in policing the railway in the coming year.

“What people tell us will help shape railway policing.”

The survey ‘‘Railway Policing: What matters to you’’ can be completed online, at www.btp.police.uk/survey.aspx.

In Linlithgow, the number of crimes and anti-social behaviour offences per 100,000 passengers increased from 0.69 to 0.87 in the last year, comparing September 2013 to August 2014 with the same period a year earlier.