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CRIME is down on one of the busiest rail networks in the region.

British Transport Police has revealed reported crime on the Southern network, which has trains calling at Portsmouth stations, Havant, and stations to Brighton and London Victoria, dropped 7.2 per cent since last April.

There were 3,492 crimes reported in 2009-10, and 3,242 – 250 fewer – in the last 12 months.

The figures, which are also 900 fewer than in 2008-09, and down on 2006-07, mean there is one crime committed for roughly every 50,000 journeys made on the network.

The company believes the chances of anyone travelling on one of its trains being caught up in an incident are even lower when vandalism, trespass, drug and fraud offences are considered.

Southern’s head of revenue protection and security Martin Grier said: ‘This is great news for our passengers and colleagues here at Southern.

‘We have worked extremely hard alongside British Transport Police to prevent, detect and deal with crime on our network.

‘The fall shows the measures we have in place and the activities of our Safer Travel Teams are really making a difference.’

Crimes including theft, criminal damage and property made up 53 per cent of the total, crimes against the person 14 per cent, and public order offences, including anti social behaviour, accounted for 20 per cent.