Public transport crime unchanged

31st May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Despite millions of euros invested by the government, aggression on public transport has not dropped, a report ordered by the transport ministry shows.

THE NETHERLANDS - Despite millions of euros invested by the government, aggression on public transport has not dropped, a report ordered by the transport ministry shows. Over the past two years, crime levels against passengers have hardly changed, with violent assaults, intimidation and theft rising by one percent in 2008.

Travellers also report virtually identical safety levels. Public safety was rated 7.9, up one tenth of a percent from 2007. Passengers felt safest in suburban and rural areas, where ratings averaged 8.

Least satisfied about safety are public transit workers, who rate it 6.3, unchanged from 2007, even though aggression against them has increased. Satisfaction among workers in the four main cities rose from 6.2 to 6.5 but dropped from 6.4 to 6.2 in the rest of the country.

Safety levels are the lowest among underground inspectors and guards, who are the most frequent target of physical violence and verbal abuse.

Following a number of incidents, including a much-publicised one in the town of Gouda, public transport operators, police and justice have been working to improve their cooperation.

A new public transport safety task force is currently preparing proposals to improve security. One of the measures being considered is to make those guilty of aggression and violence pay for the damage caused.

The task force is scheduled to present its report to the interior and transport

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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