TRAINS and railway stations across the county are on track to becoming safer places for all rail users.
British Transport Police crime figures for the North West last year revealed a significant fall in incidents.
BTP chief superintendent Peter Holden was delighted with the decreased levels of robbery (11%) and violent crime (8%).
There were also drops in fraud (33%), theft of passenger property (7.4%), motor vehicle/cycle offences (8%), theft of railway property (2%), criminal damage (9%t) and public disorder (3%).
He said: “BTP in the North West is striving to make the railway a safe place for all passengers and staff and I hope these latest figures underline our determination to achieve this.
“I am particularly pleased to see excellent reductions for robbery and violent crime. These offences, which involve violent interaction between offender and victim, are often cited as being responsible for much of the fear of crime felt by the public.
“To see a second year of reductions in these areas means not only that there are fewer victims, but that the public can have greater confidence when using the railways.”
Gemma Duffy, Network Rail’s community safety manager, said: “Reducing crime isn’t the sole responsibility of one organisation.
“We all have a part to play in supporting British Transport Police and it is really pleasing to see that working together on joint initiatives and sharing intelligence is paying dividends.”
Despite the positive figures for the past years, BTP is expecting crime figures to rise as the recession continues.
Deputy chief constable Andy Trotter said: “The challenge for us in the coming years is to continue more for less. I am passionate that we drive down crime and disorder.”