Increase in violent crime on the South's railways

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New figures show crime is up for the second year running and passengers here in the South are seeing the biggest increase.

There were almost 14,300 crimes in the past year, an increase of 14%, more than 1700 more crimes than the year before.

Almost 2,400 in our region were victims of violent crime last year, which is an increase of 10%.

There were more than 400 sexual crimes on our railways, another increase of 10%.

Car crime at station carparks has also gone up more than 30% in a year.

With more than 3,300 people having their vehicles damaged.

Despite the increase, British Transport Police says the chance of becoming a victim remains low.

Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse reports.