Today isn’t a good day not to buy a train ticket.
By Jess Alcamo
If you’re the kind of person who enjoys the quiet thrill of travelling without a ticket, there are another 100 officers out looking for you.
Sydney’s public transport system will hopefully become a lot less seedy with
100 more transit officers being dispersed around stations identified as criminal hotspots today as a part of Operation Colossus. Yes, they will also be checking for tickets.
“Colossus compliments our ongoing work in aiming to remove those committing crimes on public transport,” said NSW Police Transport Commander and Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell.
The colossal effort has been motivated by an RMA survey taken in June that uncovered 38% of commuters felt unsafe on trains.
“By targeting broader transport hubs en-mass, we aim to identify those doing the wrong things and take action before they have a chance to evade police, or their actions impact on the public,” said Mitchell.
The initial phase of the operation saw officers deployed in Liverpool and Campbelltown CBD’s on the 31st of July.
The patrol of 31 trains, 32 buses ad 27 taxis resulted in seven arrests and 30 rail infringements issued.
While the operation will be largely concentrated in the Western Suburbs, a study carried out by the Bureau of Crimes Statistics and Research in 2011 has indicated that a significant number of criminal incidents on public transport occur on inner city train stations Central and Town Hall.
The study also revealed that – surprise surprise – public transport isn’t safe especially between 6:30pm and 2am in the morning; a sentiment echoed by numerous young adults who’ve made the courageous journey home via public transport after a night out in the city.