Crime on buses falls by a third
9:21am Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
BUS crime in Bolton has dropped by more than a third in the past three years, new figures show.
Transport bosses say the fall is thanks to a crackdown on anti-social behaviour on the bus network.
Statistics released by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) show that incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour on buses have dropped by 38 per cent over the past three years.
There were 618 incidents on buses in Bolton in 2010, but that fell by 19 per cent to 498 in 2011.
The number fell further to 383 in 2012.
Figures released earlier by Maytree travel suggest that crime increased in 2012, however, as the company’s drivers suffered 10 attacks in the first 41 days of 2012, compared with nine in the whole of 2011.
The high number of attacks on buses forced Maytree Travel to divert one route and ask the police to monitor another in Deane.
The new figures come almost a year after a vicious attack on a 71-year-old man who was punched and kicked by yobs as he got off a bus.
On February 10, two yobs threw bricks at a bus forcing it to stop in Higher Swan Lane, Great Lever.
They then kicked and punched the pensioner when he got off, leaving with him serious head injuries. He has since made a full recovery.
TfGM, which runs 21 bus stations in the region, has been working to reduce bus crime with the police and bus operators.
Between December 2009 and November 2010, there were 7,389 incidents reported on bus services and at bus stations in Greater Manchester.
Between December 2010 and November 2011, there were 6,871 incidents reported — a seven per cent reduction.
The same figures for 2011/12 show 6,163 incidents — a further drop of more than 10 per cent.
Overall, since December 2009, incidents have fallen by just under 17 per cent across the county.
Police and TfGM safety operations have now been stepped-up, including detecting passengers carrying weapons and visiting schools to give assemblies about safe transport behaviour.
A total of 25 separate bus operators have installed CCTV equipment on more than 1,700 Greater Manchester buses over the last two years.
The 6,163 incidents reported on bus services and at stations across the 10 districts of Greater Manchester between December 2011 and November 2012, amounts to an average of 17 per day — or one incident for every 35,500 journeys.
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