British Transport Police have put together these 6 videos of the most commonly used tactics by pickpockets.
A police officer, who crashed into a cyclist while responding to emergency call, has escaped a jail sentence.
British Transport Police is appealing for information after a series of phone snatches at Hounslow station between May 26 and June 16.
A police operation is underway to try and minimise disruption on the rail network targeting the biggest causes, including trespass. As part of the campaign Network Rail has released video of young boys running across rail tracks in north London.
The video shows a group of youngsters at Mill Hill station in north London running from a train onto a platform and then across two railway lines onto another platform. One youth drops his bag on the track and returns to retrieve it. The group was never caught.
British Transport Police are appealing for help in identifying a man who pushed a trolley onto tracks at Euston. It happened at about 9pm on Tuesday 6th August. A train arrived soon afterwards, but luckily no significant damage was caused.
Inspector Tyrrell says: “We are unsure as to why the man deliberately pushed the trolley onto the tracks before walking away, which is why we are keen to trace him and speak to him about his dangerous actions.
"If the train had been travelling at speed, it could have caused serious damages to the tracks, train and anyone who may have been close by. The image of the man is clear – if you recognise him, I’d urge you to come forward.”
British Transport Police are appealing for help in identifying a man who appears to have deliberately pushed a luggage trolley onto train tracks at Euston.
Inspector James Tyrrell said: “The man was walking along platform one at Euston station with a suitcase at about 9pm on Tuesday, 6 August.
“As shown in the footage, he approached a suitcase trolley, which was on the platform, and suddenly pushed it onto the tracks, before walking off from the scene. A short time later, a train arriving into the station struck the trolley, luckily causing no significant damage.”
If you're out enjoying the capital in the warmer weather, learn more about pickpockets' tricks and distractions so you don't get relieved of your personal items.
British Transport Police has offered the following guidelines:
- Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket.
- Zip up hand and shoulder bags.
- Carry bags in front of you with flaps against your body.
- Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm.
- Don't display jewellery.
- Don't show your money — keep it safely in your pocket.
The number of thefts from rail passengers is on the rise in London,according to new figures. British Transport Police said thieves have been targeting smartphones and tablets in particular and they warned of recent organised pick pocketing activity.
However, crime on the railways more generally has fallen for a ninth successive year.
British Transport Police Chief Constable Andy Trotter said:"2012/13 has been an exceptional year in our history, with the force playing a crucial role in the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games."
The British Transport Police wants to trace a man officers want to speak to after a member of staff at Forest Hill station was assaulted on July 24th.
The victim was knocked to the floor and received a knee injury which will require surgery.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The British Transport Police want to trace two men in connection with a series of phone thefts at train stations in the south London area in the past two weeks. Three phones have been taken, one at Selhurst station, two at Thornton Heath. The phones were all iPhones, worth more than £300 each.
Cash transactions for metal at recycling yards will be outlawed under moves aimed at cracking down on cable theft.
The crime has plagued the railway industry for the past few years, disrupting train services across the country.
Amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo) will close loopholes which have allowed criminals to make money from the theft of metal.
British Transport Police (BTP) said the new measures will "seriously curtail" the market for stolen goods.
Incidents of railway cable theft have dropped from more than 2,600 in 2011 to under 1,300 so far this year, but the figure is still high compared to past years.
Under the legal change, all cash transactions for metal at recycling yards in England and Wales will be outlawed.
These men are wanted by police following an assault at Wimbledon train station. British Transport police want to speak to the pair - after a couple were attacked last month.