149 Bus Route

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is the Mayor aware of the increase in the levels of pickpocketing on certain bus routes, especially the 149 from London Bridge to Ponders End which runs through my constituency? Will you support my call for extra visible policing on the 149 bus route?


Answer for 149 Bus Route

Answer for 149 Bus Route

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The number of bus-related pickpocketing offences recorded by the MPS on the bus corridor used by the route 149 has decreased over time comparing December 2005 ' May 2006 to December 2006 ' May 2007 and there is no evidence to suggest that pickpocketing is more likely to occur on route 149 than elsewhere.The Metropolitan Police Service Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) routinely monitors all incidents on the bus network and deploys officers on an intelligence led basis. This includes monitoring specific types of ASB, such as pickpocketing. Route 149 became a TOCU corridor in December 2002 and like all priority routes receives daily enforcement and proactive policing. All priority locations and corridors are policed using a variety of tactics including regular high visibility patrols and bus hopping. Revenue Protection Inspection operations targeting fare evasion are also carried out by inspectors who are frequently supported by TOCU officers. Intelligence gathered by TOCU builds a strong picture of where crimes occur and the correct response to deal with the particular problem. This may be through deploying extra resources or carrying out intelligence-led pro-active operations as necessary.