Southern rail passengers urged to email witnessed crime

Rail passengers in Sussex are being encouraged to use email to report low-level crime they witness.

Rail firm Southern wants its customers to report crime such as anti-social behaviour, vandalism and fare evasion by email.

It said the scheme would allow it to identify patterns and hotspots of crime.

Martin Grier, from Southern, said: "This is a discreet way of letting us know what's going on."

Crime 'targeted'

He added: "We wouldn't want anyone to put themselves in harm's way.

"What we're asking them to do is simply email to the train they're on or the station they're on and what's happening in front of them."

Southern has launched the scheme, which is called Eyewitness, to passengers travelling between Hove and Warblington stations after running a pilot on the Arun Valley Line.

Mr Grier said Southern staff "may not respond there and then" to an email reporting a crime.

"But I can assure customers it will be targeted at a future date," he said.

Southern said receiving customers' reports of low-level crime would enable "more intelligent deployment" of officers.

Hove MP Mike Weatherley launched Southern's Eyewtiness scheme at Hove Station on Saturday.

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