Cambridge rail users encouraged to report crime by SMS

Commuters in Cambridge are being urged to text in reports of crimes they see taking place on trains and at railway stations.

The new initiative from the British Transport Police (BTP) aims to help anyone who feels threatened by fellow passengers or that they may be in danger whilst on their journey, reports. Passengers can text officers directly and with minimum fuss.

A statement from BTP read: “If you feel intimidated by any behaviour on a train or at a station you can discreetly #TextBTP on 61016 #RailCops.”

Offences can also be reported by calling the BTP on 0800 40 50 40. However, passengers should always dial 999 in an emergency.

The medium of text message has become a popular choice for reporting crime, with several police forces rolling out similar schemes over the past few years. Forces including Surrey and Sussex Police have ongoing campaigns targeting drivers under the influence, notes. Members of the public are encouraged to text in with details of the perpetrators if they witness someone drink or drug driving.

The BTP has a new office based in Hills Road in Cambridge, which opened in December 2014, supported by a team of one sergeant, five police constables, six PSCOs and a staff member. As it is within the Network Rail compound, responding to passengers’ texts for help will be straightforward.