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SWR launches campaign to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour

Pictuyre credited to South Western Railway

South Western Railway’s launched a major campaign to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour at train stations across its network.

The Station Watch Scheme is looking to use targeted patrols and build closer links between staff and police to help protect passengers.

The operator says each station involved will have a tailored plan that will include targeted patrols by South Western Railway’s Rail Community Officers; Rail Community Officers delivering security awareness sessions to passengers twice a year - and closer partnership arrangements with Network Rail and British Transport Police.

Ten stations are involved in the project:

  • Southampton Central
  • Bournemouth
  • Basingstoke
  • Woking
  • Clapham Junction
  • Guildford
  • Richmond
  • Staines
  • Surbiton
  • Wimbledon

(Above: Officers and train staff chat at London Waterloo station - picture credited to South Western Railway)

Alessandro Finistrella, Senior Security & Route Crime Manager at South Western Railway, said:

“Travelling by train is very safe and the number of crimes on the SWR network has fallen by over 11% since March 2018.

“However, we are not complacent and are determined to drive down anti-social behaviour and criminality further.

“We all have a role to play in making the rail network safer and we would ask everyone who uses the it to support the Station Watch Scheme.”

Paul Calvert, Network Rail station manager for Clapham Junction and Guildford, said:

"We’re committed to working closely with our stakeholders to make sure our stations provide safe and welcoming environments for passengers on our network.

“South Western Railway’s Station Watch scheme is a great initiative which will see our station teams working closer together for the benefit of passengers.”

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