Day of action to combat thefts on trains

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Police have been cracking down on theft across Yorkshire.

British Transport Police held day of action, named Operation Magnum, to tackle the theft of passenger property such as suitcases, bags, mobile phones and laptops at mainline stations and across the rail network.

The operation involved over 35 uniformed and plain clothes officers, who conducted patrols between 11am and 1am.

Police staff and officers handed out crime prevention leaflets advising passengers on how to protect themselves from thieves. They were also on hand to help people register their electrical gadgets to, a website that helps police return lost or stolen items to the owner.

Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden, leading the operation nationally, said: “Op Magnum is a long term initiative that aims to reduce theft by disrupting and deterring thieves who target unsuspecting commuters and tourists.

“We want to create a hostile environment for thieves, making it as difficult as we can for them to operate on any part of the railway network.

Superintendent Eddie Wylie, who was overseeing the operation across Yorkshire said: “The Op Magnum day of action was held across the whole of Yorkshire, and at stations across the country and involved using a range of tactics to deter criminals from preying on the travelling public, including intelligence-led patrols by uniformed officers and plain-clothes theft squad detectives.”

He added, “The operation was also about educating members of the public about how they can best look after their property on crowded trains. Always remember to keep your luggage close by and check on it regularly. Keep your valuables hidden if you’re going to sleep on a train and always zip up any hand or shoulder bags.

“Mobile phones are a popular target for thieves so always keep it hidden. Installing a tracker application on your smartphone could help trace your device if it’s stolen.”

Anyone with any information about the incidents, or who recognises anyone pictured in the CCTV images, should contact British Transport Police on Freephone 0800 40 50 40 or via text on 61016 quoting background log B9/NEA of 02/07/2013 and the reference number on the image.