Angmering station in West Sussex has become the 120th Southern station to achieve Secure Station status and as a result, 95% of Southern passengers now travel through stations with Secure Station accreditation.
Southern’s Head of Revenue Protection and Security, Martin Grier said: “The safety and security of our passengers is our highest priority, and I am delighted that 95% of our passenger journeys are now covered by stations with Secure Station accreditation.”
Stations receive this award under the Secure Stations scheme, managed by the Department for Transport in partnership with the British Transport Police.
Strict criteria are applied to stations in order to gain the award. These include:
- Good fencing and boundaries
- Good CCTV coverage
- Good lighting
- Good use of corner mirrors and signage
- A reduction in crime rates at the station
- Regular station maintenance audits including removal of graffiti within 24 hours
- Positive results in an independent survey of passengers using the station on how they feel about security at the station
Mr Grier added: “Overall, crime has fallen on the Southern network by 6.4% in the last 10 months and activity by our Rail Neighbourhood Officers, more robust internal crime reporting procedures, greater CCTV coverage and increased staff awareness have all contributed towards this achievement.”
Since the introduction of Rail Neighbourhood Officers in April last year, over 13,500 anti-social behaviour warnings have been issued for problems such as drinking alcohol, loitering, general poor behaviour, fare evasion and feet on seats.