FOI request detail

Crime on the London Overground & Elizabeth Line

Request ID: FOI-0753-2324
Date published: 06 July 2023

You asked

• Could you please provide a list of total crimes committed on the Elizabeth line since its opening. Could you please break this down into type of crime committed and date of crime. • Could you also provide a list of total crimes committed last calendar year on each tube line individually.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-0753-2324

Thank you for your request received on 12 June 2023 asking for information about crime on the Elizabeth line and London Underground.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.
Our transport network is a safe, low crime network - millions of passengers travel on our network every day with very few of them ever experiencing or witnessing crime.
Everyone should feel safe and be safe when travelling around London at all times and safety is an absolute priority for us and if anyone witnesses or is victim to crime they should report it immediately. TfL operate a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of sexual harassment on London's public transport network and are working with the police to make the transport network a hostile place for offenders.
The number of trips made on the London Underground has returned to 90 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in addition to more than 150 million journeys taken across the Elizabeth line in its first year since opening on 24 May 2022, with around 600,000 journeys on average taking place on weekdays.
A specialist unit within TfL works with both the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and British Transport Police (BTP) police services. Measures to keep everyone safe on the network include more than 2,500 police and police community support officers and 500 TfL enforcement officers on patrol, along with thousands of frontline transport workers, trained to support victims of sexual harassment present across the network, in addition to an extensive CCTV network.
Please find the requested statistics attached.
To note:
•           The offences were extracted based upon when the crime was committed; the date when the crime was reported to the British Transport Police (BTP) is also include
•           Only crimes committed on or after 17 May 2022 (the Royal opening) have been included, the official public opening of the Elizabeth line was 24 May – the perspective rise in crimes reflects the greater coverage of the line
•           The BTP Crime Group is the major category of crime, with the crime description providing additional information on individual offence types with each crime category
•           This is extracted from a live system and provided to TfL, hence similar information extracted at a later date from the BTP may provide different figures
•           The London Underground data is for the entirety of 2022
If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]


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