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IMPROVED CCTV AT STATIONS TO HELP FIGHT CRIME ON THE TUBE

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Closed-circuit television (CCTV) at every Tube station will help ...
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) at every Tube station will help

drive down crime on London Underground even further, transport

minister John Spellar said today.

Responding to the publication of the British Transport Police's

annual report for 2000/2001, Mr Spellar welcomed the substantial

20.7% reduction in crime on the Tube and outlined the improvements

in CCTV coverage under the government's proposals for a 21st century

Tube system.

On a visit to Westminster Tube station, Mr Spellar visited the station's

state-of-the-art CCTV control room and discussed crime reduction and Tube modernisation plans with staff.

As part of a seven year programme, all London Underground stations

will have CCTV to provide security monitoring of ticket halls,

platforms, passageways, lifts, station exits, pathways and car park

access routes. In addition, every new or refurbished train will be

fitted with CCTV cameras.

Welcoming the report, Mr Spellar said:

'The significant reduction in crime levels on London Underground is a

testament to the hard work of the British Transport Police, together

with the support and co-operation of London Underground staff.

'CCTV is a cost-effective tool for helping the police collect vital

evidence, and deters potential offenders from targeting Tube

passengers. That is why we welcome the provision at London

Underground stations, and on all new and refurbished Tube trains, of

modern CCTV facilities under the 21st Century Tube plans.'

NOTES

1. Reported crimes fell from 18,131 to 14,370 on London Underground

in 2000/2001, with more than three quarters of the reduction (79%)

due to a reduction in pickpocketing offences, which account for 49%

of all Tube crime.

2. Crime on the railways in England and Wales fell 2.7% in the year

ended 31 March 2001.

3. In-carriage CCTV is currently fitted on two Tube lines - the

Jubilee and Northern Lines.

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