|Awareness day to inform passengers of British Transport Police’s non emergency text number 61016
British Transport Police is urging passengers to ‘save and send’ to its 61016 text number, the discreet way to report crime and incidents on your train.
Events will be held at stations across the region aimed at making travellers aware of the text facility that has proved a huge success since its launch in March last year.
During that time more than 10,000 messages have been sent to the non-emergency number which allows passengers to discreetly report any incidents of concern and receive a live response. It has assisted in the arrest of offenders for anti-social behaviour, drunk and disorderly behaviour, vandalism and various other public order offences.
Station staff and train operating companies are all backing the campaign which aims to increase passenger confidence, reduce crime and increase the reporting of crime
Journalists are welcome to attend stations for the awareness day on Friday, December 12, where there will be plenty of photo and interview opportunities.
Feedback from users of the service has praised the discretion with which they are able to report concerns without drawing attention to themselves if they are in a vulnerable situation. Passengers who frequently travel alone say the service gives them extra confidence and makes them feel safer.
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