Violent crime rising on London Underground
BTP report shows violent crime up on London Underground
Violent crime on London Underground (LU) rose 14% in the last year, British Transport Police (BTP) has said.
Its annual report showed a jump of nearly 50% in public order offences and drug related crimes shot up 103.6%.
But overall there was just a 0.4% rise in crime, with a 29% drop in reported robberies and 1.4% fall in sex crimes.
BTP Chief Constable Ian Johnston said the London bombs had overshadowed a successful year in fighting crime on the railways.
There was a total of 18,399 crimes on LU last year, a rise of just 70.
The BTP's report showed that third (36%) of all crime on LU and the Docklands Light Railway was pick pocketing.
There was also a 2.6% decrease in criminal damage and 12.8% drop in theft from passengers.
But there was a 28.4% rise in theft of railway property.