The Department for Transport (DfT) aims to reduce crime and fear of crime on public transport by encouraging our partners and operators to work together in developing, disseminating and evaluating good practice in crime reduction initiatives.
British Transport Police (BTP)
The British Transport Police is the national police force for the railways, providing a police service to rail operators, their staff and passengers throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
The BTP is also responsible for policing the London Underground system, the Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro Tram System and Croydon Tramlink.
The BTP Authority was established on 1 July 2004 under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003. The Authority, which is classified as an executive Non Departmental Public Body of the Department for Transport, has a statutory duty to maintain an efficient and effective police force for the railways.
The BTP is funded by the rail industry and the Authority is responsible for setting its annual budget. The Chair of the Authority and other members, consisting of a mix of industry and non-industry members, are appointed directly by the Secretary of State for Transport.
The safer travel on buses and coaches panel (STOP) has been formed to look at ways to reduce assaults, anti-social behaviour and vandalism on vehicles, at stops and stations and property. For further information, see Bus crime.
Recognising the safety issues involved for bus drivers whose job it is to drive a bus while taking responsibility for schoolchildren, we commissioned research and developed ‘The School Run training programme’, designed to help bus drivers manage situations of conflict as well as address schoolchildren’s perception of acceptable behaviour on buses.
- Protecting bus and coach crews,12 January 2004
- Protecting bus and coach crews: A quick reference guide, 18 November 2005
- Incident reporting form (PDF - 30 KB), 25 July 2005
Personal security across the whole journey
A qualitative analysis of passenger perceptions of measures introduced to enhance personal security while travelling on public transport, including their awareness of the measures and of any accompanying publicity, and factors which enhance or inhibit the success of these measures.
Personal security of taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers
Taxi and PHV drivers often have to work in isolated places, at night, deal with strangers and carry cash, all of which makes them particularly vulnerable to violence. This section contains guidance notes for taxi and PHV drivers on measures they can take to stay safe.
- Research on the personal security issues for taxi and PHV drivers - Executive summary
- Staying safe: guidance for taxi drivers
- Staying safe: guidance for private hire vehicle (PHV) drivers
Our Secure Stations Scheme provides an incentive for station operators to improve security and reduce the public’s fear of crime at overground and underground rail stations. Launched in 1998 the scheme accredits individual stations which work with the British Transport Police (BTP) and partners in order to meet set standards in implementing security measures.