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TfGM Announce 'Bus Crime Drops'

1 in 35,000 journey incidence of anti-social behaviour on Manchester's buses

Published on January 21st 2013.

TfGM Announce 'Bus Crime Drops'

STATISTICS released by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) show that incidents of crime and antisocial behaviour on the bus network have dropped by almost 17% over the past three years – with a 10% fall in the past year alone. 

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 a day – or one incident for every 35,500 journeys.

This comes after the Crime Reduction on Public Transport (CROPT) initiative alongside Greater Manchester Police and bus operators.

Between December 2009 and November 2010, there were 7,389 incidents reported on bus services and at bus stations.

Between December 2010 and November 2011, there were 6,871 incidents reported – a seven per cent reduction. The same figures for 2011/2012 show 6,163 incidents –a further drop of more than 10%.

Overall, since December 2009, incidents have fallen by just under 17 per cent.

Furthermore, figures for October to November 2012 show there were just 269 incidents compared to 472 for the same period in 2011 – a reduction of 43%.

It follows a series of CROPT-led initiatives and enhancements, including CCTV technology and an increase of on-duty special constables at stations over the past two years.

Joint Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and TfGM safety operations have also been stepped-up, including detecting passengers carrying harmful weapons and visiting school assemblies to present on positive and safe transport behaviour.

In addition, following encouragement from TfGM, 25 separate bus operators have installed CCTV equipment on an excess of 1700 Greater Manchester buses over the last two years.

Antisocial behaviour lead for Greater Manchester Police, Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, added: “These results are really promising and show that by working together with TfGM we can make a difference and reassure passengers that they can travel across Greater Manchester in safety.

“Antisocial behaviour can really affect a person’s quality of life and having to experience it while travelling is not acceptable. We will continue to work with our partners at TfGM to further reduce crime and antisocial behaviour through a variety of tactics.”

Bus travel is by far the most frequently used form of public transport in Greater Manchester, with eight out of every ten public transport journeys being made by bus. This amounts to around 220 million passenger journeys by bus each year: an average of 600,000 journeys a day.

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 a day – or one incident for every 35,500 journeys.

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MJanuary 22nd 2013.

I've been travelling back and forwards up Wilmslow Rd, the Princess Road and Yew Tree Road most days for about 9 years.

In my personal experience I would agree there are significantly less problems and annoyances on the buses than there was 5/6+ years ago (and I've seen some pretty bad things on the buses).

For minor annoyances I think some of this is down small shifts in youth culture. Playing music out of mobile phone speakers, for example, thankfully seems out of fashion and is almost a thing of the past. Also less people smoke on buses.

There does seem to be less teenagers hanging around on the buses in general though. Perhaps there was changes to the ticketing at some point?

As a general tip for bus travellers, life is less far irritating if you sit downstairs. The closer to the back you sit upstairs on a regular basis, the more annoyances you will have. You'll also avoid most of the sweltering heat in the height of summer (on the odd occasion we get some some).

AnonymousJanuary 22nd 2013.

Great! Now can they do something about the "homeless Canadian" who gets on the 142/142 Magic buses begging for money, using the same story every week? He drives me bonkers.

AnonymousJanuary 22nd 2013.

Nice use of the 192 for the main pic :)

Manc GuyFebruary 8th 2013.

1 in 35,000? Pah!...I consider putting feet on seats and litter an incidence of anti-social behaviour. Scrotes!

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