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Greater support offered as additional police patrols launched on Croydon’s tram network this Christmas

21st November 2018
As Christmas fast approaches and the numbers using our transport system increase.

Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) are working collaboratively with the British Transport Police (BTP) to offer additional patrols across the London tram network, an initiative of which is now in its fourth year.

Extra police resource is being drafted in to provide practical assistance, advice and reassurance to the travelling public at key times over the festive season in an effort to ensure that those heading out and about in the evening are able to travel safely and confidently.

British Transport Police (BTP) will be dedicating 50 officers to the initiative across a 13 day period starting on 7th December 2018 and finishing on Christmas Eve. The additional police presence on the tram network enforces the commitment to a safe night out in Croydon including your journey in and out of the town centre between 5pm and 1am, delivering over 400 extra hours of support and a reassuring presence for festive revellers.

The additional patrols make a real difference. Over the last two years, there was a reduction in crime on the tram network of 13.63%, with a big reduction in violent offences of 44%.

To ensure a safer, more enjoyable night for all, additional advice is being provided with the following top ten tips:

Ten top tips include:

  • Plan your journey before leaving home
  • Let someone know you’re making the journey and when you expect to be home
  • Try to keep your phone charged, should you need to contact anyone
  • If you’re travelling late at night, travel in groups where possible
  • If you’re travelling to an unfamiliar area, try to understand more about the area before you visit
  • If you’re travelling by bus, train or tram, sit near to other passengers or where the driver can see you
  • Avoid walking alone in places like parks or side streets after dark and try to keep to busier, more well-lit places instead
  • Keep personal belongings such as mobile phones zipped up in a bag or pocket, out of sight
  • If you’re using a taxi or a minicab, remember only black taxis can be hailed, and minicabs must be pre-booked with a licensed company
  • Never get into an un-booked car as there will be no record of your journey or your driver

Rebecca Molloy, Business Crime & Safety Manager at Croydon BID said:  “Our collaborative approach with BTP and our partners to providing additional patrols across our tram network at Christmas will we hope offer greater reassurance and ultimately a safer night for those visiting our town centre during the busy festive period. We are keen to ensure that everyone is able to get the most out of their time in the town centre and travel with confidence and in safety.

“While investing in the additional police resource, we ask that people using the town centre take note of the advice provided this Christmas so that everyone can enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, events and activities taking place across our borough. As always, we wish to thank those officers supporting this valuable initiative.”

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