Stay safe on the trains this Christmas

POLICE are enlisting the help of rail users in the fight against thieves this Christmas.

British Transport Police receives numerous reports of theft from on-board trains or at stations so want to make rail users more aware of their surroundings and the tactics used by thieves.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Rainey said: “Christmas is a really busy time for the railway and most trains are packed with commuters, shoppers and people travelling in and out of towns and cities to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

“These busy trains are a perfect hunting ground for thieves and it is vital that all rail users keep a close eye on their belongings.

“Make sure you know where your mobile phone or MP3 player is at all times and, if you are travelling by train to do some Christmas shopping, make sure any new purchases are stored near to you at all times when on the railway.”

Police offered the following advice to keep property safe: • Keep purses secure and carry wallets in an inside pocket • Zip up hand and shoulder bags • Carry bags in front of you, with flaps against your body • Keep straps short and bags tucked under your arm • Don't display jewellery, mobile phones and MP3 players • Don't show your money - keep it safely in your pocket • Stay alert and aware of what's going on around you when using your phone in public • Keep your luggage close by and check it regularly

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