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Body Worn Video Assists British Transport Police Crime Crackdown

08-12-2014

A crackdown on anti-social behaviour on trains in the north has been launched.

British Transport Police said passengers and staff will see an increase in high-profile and high-visibility patrols at stations and on-trains – particularly on late night services during the festive season.

The move is aimed at reducing the possibility of commuters and police having to “endure alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour and also to ensure no journey is delayed or disrupted unnecessarily.”

Officers on patrol will be wearing body worn video recording equipment throughout and those who normally undertake office-based roles will be deployed in uniform to assist their response and neighbourhood police team colleagues.

CID officers will also be involved in pro-active plain-clothes duties during the initiative.

Superintendent David Marshall, of British Transport Police, said: “By increasing our visibility and activity at this time of year we will be reassuring the public that they can travel in a safe and secure environment.

“Ahead of our usual festive period initiatives across the country, Operation Story is an important initiative that allows us to show the vital role BTP has to play in keeping rail disruption to a minimum.”

In a week of targeted police activities commencing on the 8th December, BTP is using each day to tackle specific types of crime and is also ramping up presence on football match days.

Inspector Edwards, from BTP, said: “The cameras act as an excellent deterrent - often they improve the behaviour of individuals who may otherwise partake in anti-social behaviour; knowing they are being filmed somewhat deters the majority of offenders!"

“In addition, BWV have been used at railway-related fatalities for mapping out the scene and taking first accounts from eye-witnesses and train crew. This makes the process of getting the rail network back to normal running much quicker and easier.”

The cameras are also being used at cable/metal theft sites and video footage of the damage is helping to facilitate the repair process. They have also helped officers to identify possible suspects, thus improving crime-related intelligence and trends. Read more about BTP and body worn video cameras here.