Scotrail offers UK’s most crime-free experience by some way!

Crime is falling on only one UK railway network – D Division! What, is that Scotland? It is:

While British Transport Police record crimes across 12 different categories, travellers will also be please to see that violence against the person and sexual offences are falling in Scotland in line with a wider reduction of crime across the country in the last 10 or more years:

Why is Scotland not mentioned in the table?

And, crime was already much lower on D Division Scotland’s trains. England has 10 times the population so all things being equal might be expected to have 10 times the crime on its railways. Scotland had 1668 crimes in 2018/19 so England on that basis would have 16 680. From the data here, it had 65 099! The rate of crime on England’s railway system is 4 times higher than in Scotland.

How BBC UK saw the report from the BTP:

But hey the Herald only 18 minutes after we posted!

STV beats us by 20 minutes. Some young person on speed?

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

2 thoughts on “Scotrail offers UK’s most crime-free experience by some way!

  1. I notice that there is no data about trains in London. Do the Transport Police not operate there? This is a genuine query. I visit London regularly and travel on trains, but I have not looked at the uniforms of the police I see in and around stations. I will need to look more closely next time, to see if it is the Metropolitan Police. Given the integrated nature of transport in London, and the history of terrorist events, perhaps there are special regulations


  2. To my mind this strengthens the case made by the SNP Scottish Govt for policing of rail travel in Scotland to come fully under Police Scotland remit rather than the British Transport Police. Currently is coming under a joint committee to arrange things smoothly after much knee-jerk whinging from Westminster/Whitehall and their tame house-jocks.

    Police Scotland would be able to profile much more accurately what resource/police time has to be allocated to routes within Scotland rather than follow any BTP formulae based on (largely) non-Scottish stats (which – as we see are extremely misleading). Potentially routes which in Scotland would require next to no policing on Scottish stats are having to be covered per UK model and resource which could be targeted being dissipated. I know the SNP Scottish Govt are continuing to pursue this matter and more power to their elbow for not caving in under the media frenzy of last year.

    People – even YES people – often seem to forget that there is a constant pushing of cases and making of arguments going on across the whole front of devolved government on a daily/hourly basis where the activist SNP Scottish Govt win tiny forward movements where they can – and keep the pressure on where the logical arguments aren’t being accepted (eg Supervised Drug Consumption Rooms which was in the news this morning).

    Tiny victories are being won (the Immigration Advisory Committee accepted the SNP Scottish Govt arguments regarding certain shortage occupations in Scotland and got them added to the Home Office list earlier this year. These tiny (but significant) victories get nil coverage from ‘Scottish’ msm. Each of these small victories (or larger ones such as the £160M Scottish farming monies which had been nicked and, as of yesterday, are now having to be returned) should be celebrated and bruited long and loud by Yessers. Each and every one of these tiny (and not so tiny) victories in the teeth of britnat obsessive/compulsive unionist control freakery disorder is another step closer to a smooth and tidy transition to Indy in the coming period.


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