Luggage theft on UK trains is the crime no one is talking about
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In the last five years, the British Transport Police have received over 7,000 reports of luggage theft onboard UK railways. In comparison, just over 300 individuals have been reported as being caught red-handed. Of those caught, individuals have then been faced with summons or charges. Though this list is not exhaustive, railways operators who are facing problems with luggage theft include Great Western Railway, Virgin Trains (including East Coast), South West Trains, Transpennine Express, Cross Country, Arriva Train Wales, East Midlands Trains, Southeastern and Northern Rail. Last year my luggage was stolen from a Virgin Trains West Coast service, and I was told upon reporting the crime that Virgin Trains are ‘committed' to their work with the British Transport Police and Department for Transport to ‘ensure a safe and secure railway for all passengers and staff.’
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