|Can You Help BusTag Tackle Criminal Damage In The Borough On Buses|
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The Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) Safer Transport Command (STC) is continuing to work in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) and London bus companies to identify and arrest offenders of bus criminal damage.
The STC, funded by TfL, have a proactive team called Operation BusTag which is dedicated to identifying through on-bus Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), arresting and bringing to justice individuals who have committed criminal damage to the buses.
Since BusTag's inception it has tripled the number of arrests of offenders of bus criminal damage, which takes the form of graffiti, window etching, seat and window damage, and arson, which costs the bus companies millions of pounds in repairs every year.
More than 95% of the arrests made as a result of BusTag investigations have resulted in serious consequences for the offender, ranging from fines and community service to imprisonment.
Chief Superintendent Joe Royle, Safer Transport Command said:
“These people may think they have got away with it. They are wrong. We are determined that all offenders of bus criminal damage are brought to justice and we will leave no stone unturned in our endeavour to do so.
“However without successful identification there can be no arrests. By publishing the images in the local press there is an even stronger chance of identification through the local community to whom we are extremely grateful for any information received.
“If you do commit an act of bus criminal damage you will be caught and prosecuted with the aid of CCTV and any other means at our disposal.”
BusTag’s latest circulation of a large number of suspects is a concerted effort to identify those involved in bus criminal damage. This supports the MPS and TfL’s commitment to reduce crime and antisocial behavior on London’s Buses. All CCTV stills from incident footage are circulated initially within the Police network before passing them on to the public sector for identification.
BusTag officers are highly skilled and effective in CCTV identification and work alongside colleagues with local knowledge such as Safer Transport Teams, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Safer Schools to track down those responsible.
Since November 2004, BusTag has achieved over 3000 arrests for bus criminal damage. Successful prosecution can result in serious consequences for the offender who can expect to receive court sentences such as heavy fines, community service, or imprisonment.
Steve Burton, Transport for London’s Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing, said:
February 10, 2011