Significant rise in 'sexual crimes' on Welsh trains
crimes committed on the Welsh rail network rose by 62.5% last year, reaching
the highest number on record.
‘sexual crimes’ were recorded throughout the financial year 2018-19, compared
to just thirty-two between 2017-18, according to new figures.
was mainly down to a substantial rise in ‘sexual crimes against females’, which
more than doubled since last year.
Thirty-three such crimes were recorded between 2018-19, a 148% increase on the average yearly tally between 2012 and 2018.
of sexual crimes against males rose from zero to three, but the number of
crimes relating to exposure fell by almost half, from seven to four.
British Transport Police suggest the increase in recorded incidents could be partially attributed to a new text service, which they say “has revolutionised the way sexual assault victims report crimes.” It allows people to report incidents discreetly without drawing attention to themselves.
In a statement, they maintained that: “tackling all forms of unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway is a priority for us – we take every report seriously and will thoroughly investigate all offences.”
crime on Welsh trains rose by 4.8%, the third consecutive year numbers have
increased. The 1,435 offences recorded last year is the highest figure since
the data set was compiled in 2012.
British Transport Police say: “Despite this increase, it’s important to remember that the chance of becoming a victim of crime on the railway in Wales continues to be rare.”
significant increases, other than in sexual crimes, came in ‘drug crime’, which
rose by 59%, and ‘violence against the person’, which rose by 22%. It is the
first time drug offence have increased, having previously fallen every year
criminal damage fell by 62% on last year, with only fifty-two incidents, the
lowest number since before 2012.
passenger property also fell to a new low, a 13% decrease on 2017-18.