Cracking down on theft on the railways

This Is Wiltshire: Cracking down on theft on the railways Cracking down on theft on the railways

BRITISH Transport Police officers will be advising people how to keep their luggage and possessions safe and secure during journeys this summer.

Teams of officers will travel in relay between London Paddington and Penzance on board First Great Western’s 12.06pm departure from Paddington today.

Officers will offer advice and safety tips, as well as handing out leaflets and answering any questions or concerns passengers may have about keeping their possessions safe.

The initiative, which involves BTP officers from Reading, Oxford, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro, follows the launch in 2013 of Operation Magnum, a crackdown on theft of passengers’ property.

Sgt Steve Reay, who has organised the initiative, said: “Thieves use a variety of tactics, from brazenly snatching expensive smartphones and tablets from distracted passengers’ hands to stealing luggage and valuables from on board trains.

You can report a theft on the railway on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.

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8:23am Fri 25 Jul 14

Concerned of Wiltshire says...

Will these officers explain how to avoid having ones suitcase stolen after it's been left in the only place available - which is at the end of the carriage - and usually a long way away from ones seat?
Will these officers explain how to avoid having ones suitcase stolen after it's been left in the only place available - which is at the end of the carriage - and usually a long way away from ones seat? Concerned of Wiltshire
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11:54am Fri 25 Jul 14

umpcah says...

Concerned of Wiltshire wrote:
Will these officers explain how to avoid having ones suitcase stolen after it's been left in the only place available - which is at the end of the carriage - and usually a long way away from ones seat?
It`s my bet that a thief would take a case when the train is slowing down to stop at a station ; and then get off with it. Why not leave your seat at a suitable time and check all is well ? Could be a pain on a long journey with several stops but I`d say worth it.
[quote][p][bold]Concerned of Wiltshire[/bold] wrote: Will these officers explain how to avoid having ones suitcase stolen after it's been left in the only place available - which is at the end of the carriage - and usually a long way away from ones seat?[/p][/quote]It`s my bet that a thief would take a case when the train is slowing down to stop at a station ; and then get off with it. Why not leave your seat at a suitable time and check all is well ? Could be a pain on a long journey with several stops but I`d say worth it. umpcah
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4:30pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Concerned of Wiltshire says...

umpcah wrote:
Concerned of Wiltshire wrote:
Will these officers explain how to avoid having ones suitcase stolen after it's been left in the only place available - which is at the end of the carriage - and usually a long way away from ones seat?
It`s my bet that a thief would take a case when the train is slowing down to stop at a station ; and then get off with it. Why not leave your seat at a suitable time and check all is well ? Could be a pain on a long journey with several stops but I`d say worth it.
You haven't been on a FGW train recently have you?
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Concerned of Wiltshire[/bold] wrote: Will these officers explain how to avoid having ones suitcase stolen after it's been left in the only place available - which is at the end of the carriage - and usually a long way away from ones seat?[/p][/quote]It`s my bet that a thief would take a case when the train is slowing down to stop at a station ; and then get off with it. Why not leave your seat at a suitable time and check all is well ? Could be a pain on a long journey with several stops but I`d say worth it.[/p][/quote]You haven't been on a FGW train recently have you? Concerned of Wiltshire
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