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Crime at train stations is still most prevalent in Sydney’s southwest.
Offences on Sydney’s transport network are at their lowest since the Police Transport Command was established in 2012, but Fairfield is still ninth highest for crimes on the Sydney Trains network.
(Crime figures are ranked rather than numbered.)
Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said the PTC worked with Fairfield local area command to address higher rates of crime.
“We’ve done a lot of community engagement work there to train and educate the commuting public on how to travel on Sydney’s transport networks,” Mr Mitchell said.
“We’ve really improved significantly with all types of crime since the command was established in 2012.”
Fairfield train station.Statistics show across Sydney’s transport networks a 27 per cent reduction in malicious damage and graffiti, a 21 per cent reduction in assaults, and a 58 per cent decrease in robberies.
However, sexual offences have increased by 10 per cent.
“We’ve been getting the message out that we won’t be putting up with females being attacked on the transport network,” Mr Mitchell said.
“Only 30 per cent of women will report when they have been a victim of a sexual offence – we want to send the message that anyone who is arrested committing that kind of offence will go before the courts.”
The PTC also seeks bail restrictions for offenders that preclude them from using the public transport network.
“It is important we engage with good commuters,” Mr Mitchell said.
“That’s about encouraging people to get on board and report crime so we can do something about it.”
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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