Vandalism on the District Line

Meeting: 
MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0241
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Last year I raised the issue of the problem of vandalism on the District Line between Barking and Upminster. What action has been taken to deal with this and have the incidences of vandalism been reduced?

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Answer

Answer for Vandalism on the District Line

Answer for Vandalism on the District Line

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground inform me that they have taken a raft of initiatives in conjunction with the British Transport Police. This includes a security programme manager to co-ordinate actions to combat trespass and vandalism. London Underground's Operational Liaison Unit has formed a partnership to tackle vandalism with British Transport Police, the Met, and London's Transport Museum. Operation Rhino, which was held over the Easter holidays - a traditional peak time for vandalism - deployed police officers and dog handlers to land adjacent to the railway, and on board trains. Three arrests were made. The Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit helicopter continues to fly the route at low level, reporting instances of trespass and acting as a highly visible deterrent.

Posters have been installed on track side fencing and within trains, warning potential offenders and encouraging people to report any suspicious circumstance. Similar publicity has been delivered to 6,000 homes in the affected area. Improvements have been made to boundary fencing. Trespass hot spot maps have been provided to all partners, enabling greater accuracy of reporting and subsequent increased effectiveness of police response. London Underground is continuing its school liaison visits.

Vandalism can significantly affect the reliability of quality of train services. London Underground inform me they have reduced the number of occurrences by 48% on the District Line as a whole, between September 2000 and September 2001. The majority of incidents occur on the east end of the line. .