Cable Theft - The Great Train Robbery That Now Happens Daily

Cable Theft - The Great Train Robbery That Now Happens Daily

Latest analysis of British Transport Police data by VPS Security, shows that cable theft has increased sharply in the last year with live cable thefts rising 85% in the latest 2017-2018 BTP annual summary.

Combined with non-live cable thefts, which rose by 54% over the same period, the total number of metal thefts in a year has risen from 257 to 453. That means railway cable is now stolen at more than a daily rate on UK’s network, up from five times a week the previous year. 

Arson on railway property also saw a surge in the last 12 months, almost doubling from 74 to 143 incidents in 2017/18. Trespass, which the police categorise as a ‘line of route’ crime, now accounts for 43% of all disruption to services. VPS Security’s analysis of the data indicates that disruption from trespass accounts for some 10,000 hours in delays due to police investigating such incidents.

 

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