New figures reveal London’s transport system crime hotspots

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The annual crime figures show that crime on TfL's system fell 11% compared to the year before. Photo: ITN

Official figures from British Transport Police show that when crime figures are weighted against the number of passengers travelling on each line, the most thefts per person are carried out on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines, followed by the Central line and Jubilee line.

The annual crime figures show that crime on TfL's system fell 11% overall in 2013 compared to the year before.

  • Bakerloo: 382 thefts (2012: 453)
  • Central: 945 thefts (2012: 1,185)
  • Circle & Hammersmith: 554 thefts (2012: 822)
  • District: 488 thefts (2012: 644)
  • DLR: 169 thefts (2012: 157)
  • Jubilee: 638 thefts (2012: 745)
  • Metropolitan: 202 thefts (2012: 200)
  • Northern: 856 thefts (2012: 982)
  • Piccadilly: 971 thefts (2012: 1,317)
  • Victoria: 668 thefts (2012: 747)
  • Waterloo & City: 5 thefts (2012: 9)

The figures also reveal also reveal which stations thieves are most likely to target with tourist hotspots coming top of the list.

Most thefts last year were recorded at Kings Cross St Pancras (283), with thousands of people using the station every day for journeys to Europe on the Eurostar and to Kent on the High Speed 1.

King's Cross
The second highest number of thefts was reported at Victoria (268), followed by Oxford Circus (255). Credit: PA

Thieves tend to target cash and small high value items that are easy to sell on. Of all the items reported stolen: mobile phones top the list followed by cash, credit cards and wallets. Bag theft is also very common with 568 bags reported stolen last year, as well as laptops (277) and watches (125).

  • Mobile phones top the list followed by cash, credit cards and wallets
  • Bag theft is also very common with 568 bags reported stolen last year
  • 277 laptops were stolen
  • 125 watches were also taken

More unusual items reported stolen include games consoles (19), prams and wheelchairs (5), toys (5) plants (2) and one unlucky traveller even had a pet taken.

“Recorded crime on TfL’s rail networks continues to fall, with crime down by 16% compared to 2009/10. Partnership work has been key to this success and we continue to develop new initiatives with TfL and the Metropolitan Police Service to tackle those crimes which have the greatest impact on rail staff and the travelling public.

Despite this excellent work, we know there is more to be done to make staff and passengers feel even more secure and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure we are addressing the needs of the networks.”

– Chief Constable Paul Crowther, British Transport Police