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Railway/Underground Crime

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes have been reported at each mainline railway station in each of the last five years. (76398)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of crimes reported at each mainline railway station—namely those stations in Great Britain managed by Network Rail—and recorded by the British Transport police (BTP) in each financial year since 2001-02 is given in the following table.

Notifiable offences

Mainline railway station

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Birmingham New Street

1,049

1,053

1,061

1,084

917

Edinburgh Waverley

445

498

590

506

366

Gatwick Airport

144

231

269

273

162

Glasgow Central

592

563

480

409

361

Leeds

781

1,275

1,239

1,388

1,346

Liverpool Limestreet

475

426

436

445

482

London Bridge

548

588

646

575

567

London Cannon Street

34

45

42

60

58

London Charing Cross

317

352

269

303

267

London Euston

1,155

1,151

975

909

840

London Fenchurch Street

50

58

69

55

60

London Kings Cross

1,091

1,274

1,096

1,033

896

London Liverpool Street

756

781

910

916

877

London Paddington

1,102

1,073

1,226

1,065

944

London Victoria

1,732

1,938

1,864

1,956

1,743

London Waterloo

1,788

2,270

2,159

1,979

1,551

Manchester Piccadilly

764

821

843

940

957

In reading the data supplied in the table, the following factors should be considered:

(i) the data include crimes committed on train journeys ending at these locations as well as those occurring on the stations themselves; and

(ii) the Home Office introduced a National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) that all police forces across England and Wales were required to adopt. BTP adopted this standard on 1 April 2002. The impact of the new recording standard saw an increase in recorded crime, equating to an average 22 per cent. increase recorded by all police forces across England and Wales. The basic principle of NCRS is that if on the balance of probability a crime has been committed it is recorded as a crime. As a result 2001-02 data cannot be meaningfully compared with subsequent years. The standard has made crime recording more victim focused.